Towson University Faculty/Staff News • August 25, 2004

TU continues ascent in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings

University 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 year's rankings.  

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 weighted scores.  

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Story by Jan Lucas/Cover illustration courtesy of  U.S. News & World Report




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