For immediate release
Sept. 11, 2002
Abilene Christian University was listed as a "Great School at a Great Price" in the 2003 U.S. News & World Report's annual college guidebook and was ranked in the top tier of quality among "America's Best Colleges."
The "Great Schools at a Great Price" (also called "Best Values") category ranks schools based on cost after need-based aid combined with academic quality. The guidebook's editors said, "the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal." ACU was ranked 5th in "Best Values" in the 15-state west region of the master's category. ACU has been listed in this group for seven out of the past 10 years.
ACU ranked 20th overall among the 126 schools in the 15-state west region of the "Best Universities-Master's" category, placing it in the top tier of quality. ACU has been ranked in the top tier for four consecutive years and eight of the last nine years.
"I am confident that ACU's consistently high performance in these rankings reflects our commitment to becoming a national leader in Christian higher education," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "We are continuing to become more selective in our admissions process as our reputation increases."
Only five Texas schools appeared in the top tier among "Best Universities-Master's" for the west region: ACU, Trinity University, St. Mary's University of San Antonio, LeTourneau University and the University of St. Thomas. Only top-ranked Trinity and St. Mary's were ranked above ACU.
The rankings are based on several criteria, including peer assessment survey, graduation rate, freshmen retention rate, faculty-student ratio and entrance exam scores.
ACU's scores reflected a higher freshman retention rate, higher percentage of class size under 20 students, more full-time faculty and a lower acceptance rate (higher selectivity), Money said.
The book ranks 572 total "Best Universities-Master's" in the north, south, west and midwest regions. The "Best Universities-Master's" category represents universities that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees, some master's degrees, and few, if any, doctoral degrees.
U.S. News uses six categories of indicators to capture academic quality in the "Master's" grouping: peer assessment (25 percent), graduation and retention of students (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).
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