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MSU named top-ranked university for 15th straight year

Morehead State University’s long-standing reputation for academic quality and student success continues to have a long-standing national ranking to go with it. 

Morehead State University has been recognized for the 15th consecutive year as one of the top public universities in the South in the 2019 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S.News & World Report. The newest rankings include MSU as 23rd in the Top Public University-Master’s/South division. 

“Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to making Morehead State the best public regional university in the South, all for the benefit of our students and their families,” said Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, MSU president. 

The rankings place emphasis on acceptance rates, graduation rates, admissions selectivity and small class sizes. Class size has always been a strength of MSU thanks to our 18:1 student-faculty ratio that allows for greater one-one-one time with the University’s experienced instructors. 

The rankings include public and private institutions that grant bachelor's and master's degrees in 12 states of the South, including Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana. 

MSU first appeared in the magazine’s top tier of ranked institutions in the 2005 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” The rankings are based on research of more than 1,400 institutions nationally. 

“Our students are accepted into professional schools, including medical, dental, law and pharmacy programs, at rates well above state and national averages. This is one indicator of the high-quality education that students receive at MSU,” Dr. Morgan noted. “We are pleased that others recognize Morehead State’s academic quality. We take pride in keeping this type of quality academic experience affordable for those in our region and beyond.” 

The rankings will be published in the magazine’s “Best Colleges 2019” guidebook. It will be available in early October. 

Morehead State was also recently ranked as one of the best universities in Kentucky by College Consensus, coming in as the top-ranked the top-public institution on the list. 

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