Montclair State University is ranked eighth among the "Top Northern Public Universities" in U.S. News & World Report's 2001 edition of "America's Best Colleges" guidebook. The rankings, released today, can be found at www.usnews.com as well as in the guidebook, which will be on sale Monday, September 5.
The U.S. News rankings come within weeks of MSU's selection as one of only seven college and universities in the Northeast that "offer the best value (quality of education versus cost) for your tuition dollar," according to Kaplan/Newsweek's "College Catalog 2001," a national survey of high school guidance counselors.
In compiling its rankings, U.S. News looked at an institution's academic reputation (25 percent of the final score), student selectivity (15 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), graduation and retention rate (25 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).
The magazine placed colleges and universities in categories derived from those established by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities, and regional liberal arts colleges. The regional schools were placed in one of four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West.