December 19, 2016
FMU ranked among U.S. News’ “Best Colleges”
Francis Marion University once again is ranked among U.S. News & World Report magazine’s top Regional Universities in the South
The 2017 edition of USN&WR’s “America’s Best Colleges,” one of the oldest of the dozens of college rating sites on the Internet, is available today online. The information also will appear in the magazine’s print editions later this month. FMU has been a regular member of the top-ranked Regional Universities for more than decade.
Dr. Fred Carter, president of Francis Marion, says the ranking confirms FMU’s commitment to providing a quality education for its students.
“We expect to be a part of any ranking of superlative universities,” says Carter. “Our faculty is committed to educating our students and preparing them for future success. A ranking like this serves as confirmation.”
The USN&WR rankings are divided into categories. FMU is classified as regional university, a school that provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. There are 658 universities listed as regional universities, which is the largest of all the magazine’s categories. Each of the regional universities is ranked against peers in their geographic region. Only a portion of the universities in each region are rated as a “Best College.” Some are not ranked at all.
U.S. News ranks colleges and universities in all its categories using data that reflects academic excellence, or another aspect of university life, such as alumni giving. It also includes a simple rating of each university by its peers throughout higher education. FMU’s rating by its peers climbed slightly this year. Most other measures remained the same. The USN&WR ranking formula gives greatest weight to academic reputation.