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Morehead State moves up in rankings among universities in South for second consecutive year

U.S. News Logo Regional RankingsAt Morehead State University, Eagles Always Soar...and so have the university’s rankings over the past two years. 

Morehead State University has been recognized for the 17th consecutive year as one of the top public universities in the South in the 2021 edition of "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. MSU became a Top 20 institution after ranking 19th in the Top Public Regional Universities-South division in 2020. For 2021, MSU moved up two spots, ranking 17th on that list. MSU also made the publication’s list as one of the top public regional universities in the South for social mobility. 

"We are deeply committed to advancing Morehead State's standing as a public regional university in the South, all for the benefit of our students, their families, and the Commonwealth," said Dr. Joseph A. (Jay) Morgan, MSU president. "This shows our strength, and we are getting stronger."  

The rankings emphasize acceptance rates, graduation rates, admissions selectivity, alumni giving rates, and small class sizes. Class size and personal attention have always been strengths of MSU thanks to our 16:1 student-faculty ratio that allows for more significant one-on-one time with the University's experienced and dedicated faculty and staff. MSU provides a variety of services and resources to guide and support each student through their college experience.  

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.   

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

The rankings will be published in the magazine's "Best Colleges 2021" guidebook. It will be available in early October.   

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