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 U.S. News Names Kent State One of the Nation’s Best Universities

U.S. News Names Kent State One of the Nation’s Best Universities
KENT, Ohio – Kent State University has been ranked among America's top national universities in the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report's “America’s Best Colleges.”
The U.S. News rankings are based on several key measures of quality, with each being weighted to compile a final overall score, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
“What makes Kent State stand out is the faculty's commitment to work closely with students and ensure each student’s success, as well as the quality of our academic and research programs,” Provost Robert Frank said. “It’s great to be recognized, but we are even more committed to the excellence agenda set by President Lefton and measured by our own standards.”
The university is ranked alphabetically in the third tier of the rankings – the top 134-188 public and private institutions.
Kent State continues to be ranked among the nation's top public research universities for demonstrating a high level of research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  This places Kent State among an elite group of the nation's nearly 3, 900 colleges and universities. Kent State earns national recognition for its breadth of high-quality undergraduate programs balanced with innovative research and graduate studies in selected areas. Kent State offers numerous distinguishing programs - one of the only programs in financial engineering worldwide; one of the nation's top fashion schools; the leading academic center for liquid crystal research; and one of America's best business schools.
The full rankings from the 2009 “America’s Best Colleges” issue will be on newsstands Monday and is available on


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