Saturday, September 02, 2000

XU, Mount get high marks

U.S. News ranks nation's best

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Five Tristate colleges got high marks this week in the newest higher education rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Xavier University: No. 7 in Midwest.
  • College of Mount St. Joseph: No. 20 in Midwest.
  • Thomas More College: No. 31 in southern liberal arts.
  • Ohio State University: Second tier of national universities.
  • Miami University: Second tier of national universities.
        The 2001 issue of America's Best Colleges will be released Monday, although the magazine has posted the results online at

        This is the sixth year Xavier University has ranked among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities. The school ranked seventh among 120 colleges and universities in the Midwest.

        “We appreciate this recognition because providing a great, Jesuit education to our students is what we're all about,” said Xavier President James E. Hoff. “The completion of the Cintas Center has put Xavier in the spotlight recently.

        “But we could build 30 Cintas centers, and it would mean nothing if our students were not getting a great ed ucation that's preparing them intellectually, morally and spiritually to take their place in a rapidly changing global society.”

        Another school ranking high in the Midwest category is College of Mount St. Joseph. Overall, the Delhi Township school ranked 20th.

        It is the fifth consecutive year that the Mount has placed among the top Midwest schools for quality education and for high rankings in retention, graduation rate and alumni giving.

        “One of the hallmarks of the College of Mount St. Joseph is its attention to serving the needs of students and the quality of programs that attract students and provide them with an environment to succeed,” said Mount president Sister Francis Marie Thrailkill.

        On the Kentucky side of the river, Thomas More College moved from the second to the first tier in rankings this year, taking the No. 31 spot in Southern liberal arts colleges.

        School officials said the ranking for the Catholic, four-year, private, liberal arts college is an endorsement that verifies its successes.

        “To be consistently rated as a premiere college by pub lication as well-respected as U.S. News & World Report is a great testament to the great work of our faculty, staff, administration and, most important, our students,” said the Rev. William F. Cleves, Thomas More president.

        Also of note, Ohio State University and Miami University ranked in the second tier for top national universities, which includes both private and public institutions.

        All categories are based on academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni giving.


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