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Appalachian Retains High Marks in College Guide

badge_2004.gifBOONE–Appalachian State University has placed fourth among the South’s top public master’s-degree granting universities and 12th among public and private master’s-degree granting universities in the South in U.S. News & World Report’s 2004 America’s Best Colleges Guide.

The college rankings look at a variety of measures, including academic reputation, commitment to instruction, student abilities, financial resources and graduation and retention rates.

Appalachian has placed among the top 15 among southern universities since the rankings first appeared in 1986.

“Anytime you can stay in the top tier, it really separates your institution from the rest of the pack,” said Dr. Bobby Sharp, director of institutional research and planning.

Master’s-degree granting institutions placing in the magazine’s top 10 regional listing of public institutions are:

1. James Madison University

2. Mary Washington College

3. The Citadel

4. Appalachian State University

5. College of Charleston

6. UNC Wilmington

7. Murray State University

8. UNC Charlotte

9. Winthrop University

10. Longwood University

The listings are available at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings/rankindex_brief.php, and will be in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges Aug. 25 issue, available on newsstands Sept. 1.