One Factor among Many, MU's National Ranking Continues To Slide

Sep 14, 2018

MU tied for 129th out of 312 in the National Universities category of the Best Colleges rankingsreleased Monday by U.S. News & World Report.

MU placed 120th and 111th on the U.S. News Best Colleges ranking the past two years, respectively. Ten years ago, MU landed at No. 85.

Earlier this month, MU placed 414th out of nearly 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities for 2019’s Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. In the 2018 rankings, the university came in at 330. For 2017, in the first WSJ ranking, MU placed 317th.

Increasing enrollment numbers and improving the school’s public image remain on the front burner, and national rankings can affect both.

MU understands some students and their families look at the rankings, but prospective students and parents also focus on the strength of academic programs and meaningful employment post-graduation, MU spokeswoman Liz McCune said in an email.

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