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Chapman rises to #8 in the West in new U.S. News rankings

August 17, 2010

Chapman University has risen again in the prestigious rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.  In the new 2011 rankings just released, Chapman’s ranking climbed to #8 in the West (it ranked #10 last year) — and also rose in the important ranking of “Up and Coming Universities” in the West, from #3 to #2.   Chapman has risen dramatically in the U.S. News rankings since 1991, when it ranked #61 in the West.

Released to the public Tuesday, Aug. 17 on, the rankings are scheduled to be published in the September issue of the magazine and in the annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook. The guidebook will hit newsstands and book stores on Tuesday, Aug. 24, while the magazine will be available for purchase on Tuesday, Aug. 31.

The U.S. News list is arguably the most influential and accessible college ranking system in the country. According to the magazine, the list helps students and families sort through the process of selecting and applying to colleges.

“We are pleased and proud that Chapman’s commitment to academic excellence and student success has been recognized in this way by U.S. News,” said Chapman University President Jim Doti.  “This honor affirms the hard work and commitment to excellence of our faculty and staff, as well as reflecting the steadily increasing quality of our students.”

U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ranks colleges and universities by region and degree classification.  Chapman ranked eighth out of 150 peer institutions in the Western region.  Regional universities offer a full range of undergrad programs, some master’s programs and some doctoral programs. The U.S. News rankings are split into four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

The total score that each institution receives from U.S. News is based on these criteria: peer assessment (25 percent), graduation and retention (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent). The rankings provide prospective students a comparison of schools based on these various pieces of data.

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