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Texas State continues rise in U.S. News college rankings

Date of Release: 08/18/2006

SAN MARCOS — Texas State University-San Marcos is continuing its rise in the rankings of America’s Best Colleges, according to a report released today by U.S. News & World Report.

For the second consecutive year, Texas State was ranked in the top tier of master’s universities in the 15-state Western Region of the U.S. News ranking system.

Among public colleges in the Western Region master’s division, Texas State is tied for 10th in the rankings with Central Washington University, San Jose State University and Weber State University. Texas State is the top-ranked Texas public institution in its group, with only one other Texas public college cracking the top tier in the Western master’s college division – the University of Texas at Tyler.

U.S. News groups institutions according to a classification scheme used by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where large universities with extensive doctoral programs and research activities are considered “National Universities” and institutions with a more limited number of doctoral programs and research activities are considered “Regional Master’s” universities.

Universities are measured for a variety of characteristics in the U.S. News survey, including a peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.