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U.S. News & World Report ranks FMU among the best of the South's regional universities
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 2014 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 once again as one of America’s Best Colleges in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report,” said FMU President Dr. Fred Carter. “This ranking underscores our continued commitment to scholarship and teaching and is a tribute to the dedication and professionalism of our wonderful faculty.”  
 
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. It is the largest category of the four U.S. News classifications.
 
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 www.usnews.com/colleges and will also be published in the September issue of the U.S. News & World Report magazine, on newsstands beginning Sept. 24.
 
Last Published: September 24, 2013 9:44 AM
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