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U.S. News & World Report counts Texas State among America’s Best Colleges

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
August 22, 2008

Texas State University-San Marcos continues to be counted among the rankings of America's Best Colleges, according to a report released Aug. 22 by U.S. News & World Report.

The listing marks the fourth consecutive year Texas State has been 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 12th in the rankings. Texas State is the only Texas public institution to make the top tier in the Western master's college division.

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.