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Union climbs in U.S.News & World Report college rankings

Union University is in the top tier of schools in its category for the 13th straight year in the U.S.News & World Report college rankings.
Union University is in the top tier of schools in its category for the 13th straight year in the U.S.News & World Report college rankings.

JACKSON, Tenn.Aug. 20, 2009 – Union University has been named one of the nation’s top universities committed to teaching undergraduate students in the annual rankings of colleges and universities by U.S.News & World Report.

Overall, Union was named one of the South’s top tier universities for the 13th straight year, moving up four places to 16th in the South in the “Universities-Master’s” category – the highest Union has ever been ranked. The category includes those institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate programs and master’s programs and includes 572 universities ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West.

Union ranked second in the South in the “Universities-Master’s” category for colleges and universities “where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching.” Only 80 schools in the nation were recognized for this honor.

For a second consecutive year, the magazine ranked Union as one of the top “Up-and-Coming Schools” in the nation. The magazine ranked Union fourth in the South – up one spot from last year -- in the “Universities-Master’s” category among schools that “have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.” Only 77 schools in the nation were designated as “Up-and-Coming Schools.”

“We are so thankful for the lofty recognitions for Union University in this year’s U.S.News & World Report listings,” Union President David S. Dockery said. “The numerous ways in which Union is recognized in the 2010 rankings point to markers of excellence across the Union University community and help communicate to others the extraordinary quality of our faculty, staff and students.

“In particular, I want to applaud the Union faculty and the Union academic leadership team for the wonderful tribute to their work as teaching scholars and scholarly teachers.”

Union was selected for the second straight year as one of 21 “A+ Options for B Students” in its category. This classification highlights those universities where “serious B students with a desire to achieve” have excelled. And Union ranked third in its category for freshmen retention rates, with a mark of 86.2 percent.

Other West Tennessee institutions in Union’s category ranked in the top tier include Christian Brothers University (19th), Freed-Hardeman University (38th) and the University of Tennessee-Martin (56th).

Union was also recently recognized by Forbes in its second annual “America’s Best Colleges” rankings. Of the 4,000 colleges and universities in the country, Forbes selected 600 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, and how much their students achieve. Union ranked 278th on the Forbes list -- up four places from last year -- and was one of only two institutions in Tennessee west of Nashville, along with Rhodes College, selected for inclusion.

The U.S.News and Forbes rankings follow Union’s recent designation by The Princeton Review as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges.

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

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