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Thursday, August 20, 2009

'U.S. News' Ranks SU Among Top Public Master's Universities in the North

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University students returning to campus next week have something to celebrate—the University is again ranked among the top schools in 2010 national college guidebooks.

In U.S. News & World Report, SU places high among its peers. For the 13th consecutive year the magazine named SU one of the Top Public Universities—Master’s category (North). Ranked at No. 7, SU maintains its status as the highest-placing public Master’s-level university in Maryland.

“We are extremely proud that Salisbury University remains the top public master’s university in Maryland and one of the best in the North,” said Dr. Diane Allen, SU provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. “This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, whose efforts allow us to attract outstanding students. Although I’ve been here only a short time, it’s easy to see why the campus is earning a reputation as a Maryland university of national distinction.”

The 572 universities in the Master’s category are split among four geographic areas—North, South, Midwest and West. In the northern region, SU ranked 38 among 171 publics and privates.

Other institutions in the Top Public Universities—Master’s category (North) include The College of New Jersey (1), SUNY College of Arts And Sciences—Geneseo (2) and Rowan University (3). The other Maryland campus on the list was Towson University (tied for 8).

U.S. News uses several criteria to measure academic quality including academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, financial resources, faculty resources, student selectivity, and alumni giving.

For the 11th consecutive year Salisbury University also is ranked as one of The Best 371 Colleges by The Princeton Review. SU also is in The Princeton Review’s Best Northeastern Colleges 2010.

The Princeton Review’s list is compiled through a combination of statistical analysis, campus visits and student surveys which the authors characterize as “qualitative and anecdotal rather than quantitative and scientific.” Its rankings represent the top 15 percent of colleges and universities, both public and private, in the nation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education also recently named SU one of its 2009 “Great Colleges to Work For.”

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at

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