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2009.08.21 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Earns Top Tier Ranking in U.S. News

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) received a first-tier regional best ranking in the U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of America's Best Colleges. UNO ranked 18th among public master's institutions in the Midwest region. The edition will be available to the public later this month.

U.S. News gathers data in a variety of academic areas related to excellence to come up with its rankings. Graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and peer assessment are some of the factors considered. Improvements in UNO's graduation rate helped in moving the university into the highest tier.

"Ranking systems all have their unique value and challenges. This ranking shows that our colleagues recognize UNO as a high-quality institution," said Terry Hynes, UNO's senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. "We are also pleased that our improved graduation rate had an impact."

The best universities-master's category is for institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs, and (possibly) some doctoral programs. U.S. News ranked 572 universities in the category within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West. The top-tier represents the top 50 percent of schools in this category, ranked numerically. UNO’s numerical ranking is 71st.

UNO's average freshman retention rate is nearly 74 percent, the most recent six-year graduation rate is more than 42 percent, and the student-faculty ratio is 18 to 1. The graduation rate used by U.S. News does not factor in transfer student graduation success. UNO also was listed in the national specialty ranking for best undergraduate business programs at 131st out of hundreds of business programs.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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