continues ascent in latest U.S. News &
World Report rankings
nearing peak of Top Public Universities-Master's (North) category
U .S. News &
World Report continues to regard Towson University
as one of the best institutions of its kind.
According to the researchers
who compiled the magazine's 2005 America's Best Colleges
issue, TU rose from sixth to fifth place in this year's Top Public
Universities-Master's (North) category. Sharing the ranking with
TU is Millersville University of Pennsylvania in a list that now
includes 20 institutions occupying nine numbered positions.
Northern Public University-Master's
is one of four regional subdivisions assigned to colleges or universities
that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's level programs,
but few, if any, doctoral programs.
The College of New Jersey
tops the list for the sixth year in a row, with SUNY College of
Arts and Sciences-Geneseo again in second place. Two other New Jersey
schools--Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden--occupy third place,
while CUNY Baruch College, Salisbury University and Shippensburg
University of Pennsylvania are tied for seventh.
In 10th place are CUNY-Hunter
College, CUNY-Queens College and SUNY College of Arts and Sciences-New
Paltz. Ranked 13th are Monclair State University (N.J.),
Penn State Erie-Behrend College, SUNY-Fredonia and University of
Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and
West Chester University of Pennsylvania share 17th place, and CUNY
Brooklyn College and CUNY City College are tied for 19th. .
There were no fourth, sixth,
eighth, ninth, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th or 18th places in this
TU placed again placed 38th
among all 83 public and private master's institutions in the North,
sharing that spot with Lesley University (Mass.), Millersville University
of Pennsylvania and Salve Regina University (R.I.).
Of these, TU has the highest
peer assessment score (3.1/5.0), highest freshman retention rate
(83 percent) and the highest SAT/ACT 25th-75th percentile ('03)
scores (1003-1180) and the highest percentage of freshmen in the
top 25 percent of their high school classes (60 percent).
In compiling its America's Best Colleges
rankings, U.S. News & World Report gathered data from
each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence.
It assigned a weight to each factor that reflected its judgment
about how much a measure matters. Finally, the magazine ranked the
colleges in each category against their peers, based on their composite
A more detailed explanation
is available at: www.usnews.com
Story by Jan Lucas/Cover
illustration courtesy of U.S. News & World
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