U.S. News and World Report ranks Adams State among top western regional universities

(09-13-2012)

Adams State University was listed among the top 120 Western regional universities in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges rankings, released Wednesday. Adams State was listed among the second-tier colleges in the 13-state West region.

"We are very pleased to be named one of U.S. News's best colleges in the west," said Dr. David Svaldi, president of Adams State University. "Adams State is steadily building a reputation for great undergraduate instruction in a supportive academic setting. We've seen enrollment growth, campus improvements, and expansion of our academic and athletic programs."

The Residences at Rex student apartments are part of $65 million campus transformation recently completed at Adams State University.

The second-tier colleges are not ranked numerically, but listed alphabetically. Regional universities are those schools that offer a full-range of undergraduate programs, some master's programs and a few doctoral programs.

U.S. News annually ranks the nation's best colleges and universities based on a number of factors, starting with the institution's mission and including 16 indicators of academic excellence, such as freshman retention, graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty. The rankings are designed to allow comparison of the relative quality of institutions.

The top-ranked regional university in the West was Trinity University in Texas, followed by California's Santa Clara University and Loyola Marymount University.

By Julie Waechter