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Morehead State SOARs in the rankings, enters 'Top 15' in U.S. News & World Report

Morehead State University has ranked among the top public regional universities in the South for 19 consecutive years. This year, MSU earned its highest ranking to date, moving up to the “Top 15” as the #15 ranked public school in the South. 

MSU’s overall ranking at #15 of the top regional public universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report is a direct result of continued dedication to academic excellence and student success. 

In the University Regional South Category, U.S. News & World Report also recognized MSU as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans (#18), Best Value Schools (#36) and Top Performers on Social Mobility (#79). 

“Our entire University has worked hard to enhance and showcase our academic excellence and quality, and this new ranking as a Top 15 is a quantifier of our quest to be a great university in the South,” said MSU President Dr. Jay Morgan. 

The rankings emphasize acceptance rates, graduation rates, admissions selectivity, faculty rankings, alumni giving rates, and small class sizes. Class size and personal attention have always been strengths of MSU, with a 15:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 16 allowing for more significant one-on-one time with the University's experienced and dedicated faculty and staff. MSU provides various services and resources to guide and support students through their college experience.      

The rankings include public institutions that grant bachelor's and master's degrees in 12 states of the South, and they will appear in the magazine's "Best Colleges 2023" guidebook in early October.        

For more information on Morehead State University and its quality academic programs, experiential learning, personal student support and affordability that makes it a best value in higher education, visit

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