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2010.08.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@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 Best Colleges. UNO ranked 17th among public regional universities in the Midwest region.

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.

The best regional universities category is for institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's programs, and (possibly) some doctoral programs.

U.S. News ranked 1,400 universities in all categories, and 145 universities in the Midwest regional category.

The top-tier represents the top 50 percent of schools in this category, ranked numerically. UNO’s numerical ranking is 61st.

UNO's average freshman retention rate is more than 71 percent, the most recent six-year graduation rate is more than 44 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 135th out of hundreds of business programs.

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