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U.S. News & World Report Ranks FMU In Top 100; University Also Among Most Diverse Campuses

     FLORENCE---For the third year in a row, 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.  FMU also was ranked as one of the country’s most diverse campuses for the fifth time in six years.

     The rankings will be published in the magazine’s book America’s Best Colleges, 2004 Edition, which goes on sale in September.   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 573 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.

    With an African-American enrollment of 33 percent, FMU was ranked among the top 14 master’s-level schools in the South in the magazine’s campus diversity category.  The magazine identifies colleges in this category where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. 

     FMU is classified by the magazine as a regional university, an institution which 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 30 areas of study.

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Last Published: March 1, 2004 10:13 AM
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