Thursday, August 19, 2010

UIS rated high by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 “America’s Best Colleges” ranks the University of Illinois Springfield as the top regional public university in the state of Illinois and the fourth best public university in that category in the Midwest.

It’s UIS’s third consecutive year in those positions.

The rankings also placed UIS 22nd on a list of the 142 top public and private universities in the 12-state Midwest region. The magazine’s ranking puts UIS in the top 15 percent of universities in the Midwest.

The rankings were released Wednesday as hundreds of UIS students moved their belongings into dorm rooms during Freshmen Move-in Day.

“We are on the right path, in bold pursuit of our strategic vision to become one of the top five small public liberal arts universities in the nation,” said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, who is retiring at the end of October.

UIS expects its enrollment to top 5,000 for the first time this fall, although official numbers won’t be available until two weeks into classes, which begin Monday.

The ranking was featured in a August 19, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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