FMU ranked in top 100 by U.S. News and World Report
FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the south’s top 100 master’s level universities for the eighth year in a row.
The rankings will be published in the magazine’s book America’s Best Colleges, 2009 Edition, which goes on sale Aug. 26. The magazine released the rankings Aug. 22.
FMU is among schools that are classified as master’s level institutions under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the grouping system that U.S. News uses as the basis for its ranking categories. There are 572 universities in the master’s level category, ranked within four geographic areas—North, South, Midwest and West—because they generally draw students heavily from surrounding states.
The method that U.S. News uses to rank colleges and universities consists of three basic steps. The schools are categorized primarily by mission and in some cases, region, using data in 15 indicators of academic excellence. The indicators used to capture academic quality fall into seven categories: academic reputation through peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation performance. The ranking formula gives greatest weight to academic reputation.
FMU is classified by the magazine as a regional university, an institution that offers a wide selection of undergraduate programs and master’s degrees, but few, if any, doctoral programs. FMU offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 40 areas of study.