Virginia colleges and universities make US News rankings of best colleges

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"I am gratified that these national rankings recognize the value of an Aggie education. Many are located far outside the region and might not know Misericordia as well as they should".

Keeping students on track to graduate can be a hard task especially at these particularly expensive and rigorous institutions.

"While the importance of institutional rankings is often debated, numerous metrics on which these rankings are based are an important part of our university's mission as well as areas we have identified for improvement", Chancellor Ronnie Green said in a statement.

The UI is now ranked 78th in the "Best National Universities" category, which contains 300 USA public, private, and for-profit institutions. This is up from No. 21 among public institutions and No. 32 overall for 2017.

Baylor is the second-highest ranked university in the Big 12.

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Beyond impressive salary earnings, co-op and internships (as well as other forms of experience-based learning) promote students' sense of independence and professional maturity and increases their career options following graduation. Critics call the rankings too simplistic and say students and school administrators pay too much attention to them. Politico argued recently that the US News & World ranking "create incentives for schools to favor wealthier students over less wealthy applicants". Then, colleges are ranked against the other schools in the same category.

Those schools must offer a range of undergraduate majors, master's and doctorial programs to be considered. Data collected by HPU in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards shows 95 percent of the Class of 2015 and the Class of 2016 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

In the U.S. News & World Report rankings, the indicators used to capture academic quality of universities are assessment of excellence; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance, which is the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates; and alumni giving.

The US News Best Colleges website includes this advice: "US News recommends that readers think of the rankings as one tool for selecting a college". "Our greatest reward, however, comes from the success of our graduates, as well as the advocacy of our alumni, students and their parents".

Tied for 64th among 141 undergraduate business programs.