Univ. of Miami Climbs in National Rankings of ‘Best Colleges’

University jumps nine points to No. 38, remains top ranked Florida school

US News

MIAMI — September 13, 2011 — In the 2012 edition of the U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” issue, released today, the University of Miami (UM) has risen to number 38 – up from 47 last year, a nine point rise.  UM remains the highest ranked school in the state of Florida.

In an impressive ascent, UM has moved up 29 slots in the last 10 years, making it one of the fastest-rising institutions among national universities in recent times.

“We are absolutely delighted that U.S. News & World Report has moved the University of Miami from 47 to 38. We were a top 50 school last year and we’re a top 40 this year,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala.  “All the credit goes to our incredible faculty, student body, staff, trustees, alumni, parents, and all our supporters over the years. This has truly been a climb to excellence. The road to excellence means investments in our students, in our faculty, in our facilities. But more than anything else, it’s a tribute to all of those who believe in the University of Miami, who believe in quality education. This is a success story not just for the University but our entire South Florida community.”

UM is the only school currently in the top 50 to move up nine spots in one year and 29 spots in the past 10 years.  UM’s remarkable ascent in the rankings can be attributed to its marked improvement in key areas such as the six-year graduation rate, freshman retention rate, average SAT score of its incoming freshmen, and percentage of freshmen who were in the top 10% of their high school graduation class. 

About the University of Miami
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.

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