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U.S. News & World Report ranks Union in top tier for 10th straight year

JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 17, 2006 – Union University has been named one of the South’s top tier universities for the 10th straight year by U.S.News & World Report.

Union ranked 25th in the “Southern Universities-Master’s: Top Schools” category, which includes those institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s level programs. Union jumped 13 spots in this year’s rankings, the second highest increase among universities in its region.

“We are very excited about the 2007 U.S.News & World Report rankings,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “To be listed as a top tier institution in the appropriate category for 10 straight years is an amazing tribute to the quality of Union University’s educational programs.”

Among the top tier universities in the South, Union ranked in the top 10 in six subcategories:

-- Union was third in the “faculty resources” category, which measures such components as the number of classes with fewer than 20 students, faculty salary and the proportion of professors with the highest degree in their fields.

-- Union was fourth in the “percent of classes with fewer than 20 students” category, with 73 percent.

-- Union tied for fourth in the SAT/ACT score category.

-- Union tied for fifth place in the “student/faculty ratio” category, with a ratio of 12/1, which placed it in the top 18 southern universities in that category.

-- Union tied for seventh place in “selectivity rank,” which measures such areas as test scores and class rank for incoming students.

-- Union tied for ninth place in the “freshmen in top 25 percent of high school class” ranking, with 66 percent of its freshmen meeting that description.

Last year, Union ranked in the top 10 in only three subcategories.

“I am thankful for the outstanding students who choose Union, and for the terrific faculty and staff who invest themselves in the mission of this place,” Dockery said. “This recognition distinguishes Union University as one of the premier universities of its size, not only in this region, but across the South and throughout the nation.”

Other West Tennessee institutions ranked in the top tier include Christian Brothers University (22nd), Freed-Hardeman University (50th) and the University of Tennessee-Martin (56th).

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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