Southeast improved its position 10 percent from the 2017 rankings. The University 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, assessment of excellence by peers and counselors, 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.
“This fall, Southeast recorded its highest retention rate since since the data has been tracked, and our residence halls are at 100 percent occupancy,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “Southeast is an institution on the move with innovative academic programs to prepare our students for success after graduation. Our academic experience continues to be our hallmark with diverse opportunities in and out of the classroom, cutting-edge technology and student-centered faculty, creating a dynamic and engaging college experience for our students.”
Southeast’s inclusion in the 2018 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 2018 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook includes data on more than 1,600 colleges and universities, and includes comprehensive advice for high school students and their families on researching their college choices, completing applications and financing their education.