U.S. News Recognizes Southeast Among Best Midwestern Regional Universities


stroup-fountainSoutheast Missouri State University has been recognized among the best regional universities in the Midwest and 29th among top Midwestern public schools in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings released today.

Southeast has been consistently ranked by the publication since 1993.

Institutions categorized as best regional universities provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s degree programs. The rankings are based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. Regional universities are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographical regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

“The faculty and staff at Southeast are focused on the success of students. Today, more than ever, there is a sense of synergy and common purpose — student success, through academic excellence and engagement, is our top priority,” said Dr. Debbie Below, vice president for enrollment management and student success and dean of students. “This fall, more students returned for their second year than in any previous year. An increasing retention rate is a sign of institutional commitment to student learning. When students are truly engaged in their education, they want to see this through to graduation.”

Southeast’s inclusion in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report is consistent with other ranking organizations that regularly have selected Southeast Missouri State University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest.

The 2017 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook includes data on more than 1,800 colleges and universities, including statistics on costs, first-year retention rates, graduation rates and faculty resources. It also offers comprehensive advice for high school students and their families on researching their college choices, completing applications and financing their education.