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U.S. News & World Report ranks FMU among the best of the South’s regional universities

FLORENCE – Francis Marion University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the South’s best regional universities earning it a spot in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News Media Group. 

For more than a decade, U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked FMU among the South’s best universities. 

“We are honored to be selected as one of America’s Best Colleges in the 2012 edition of the U.S. News and World Report,” said FMU President Luther F. Carter. “This ranking endorses our continued commitment to scholarship and teaching and is a reflection of the quality of our distinguished faculty.”  

Changes in the ranking methodology last year have resulted in new category names for Best Colleges. Schools are designated National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges (formerly Liberal Arts Colleges), Regional Universities (formerly Universities-Master’s), and Regional Colleges (formerly Baccalaureate Colleges). 

As a regional university, FMU is listed among schools that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. The 572 universities in this category are ranked against members of their peer group in one of four geographic regions—North, South, Midwest, and West—because, in general, they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states. 

U.S. News categorizes colleges and universities 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 six categories: academic reputation through peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.  The ranking formula gives greatest weight to academic reputation.      

The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at and will also be published in the September issue of the U.S. News & World Report magazine, on newsstands beginning September 20. 


Last Published: October 6, 2011 1:53 PM
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