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BSU again ranks among best Midwest colleges

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji State University, for the sixth straight year, has been named among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report.

BSU tied with nine other institutions for 92nd in the region among all colleges and universities and tied for 32nd among the region's public institutions, according to a news release.

BSU's overall ranking and ranking among public institutions both are up one position from last year.

"Bemidji State University strives to deliver transformative, high-quality education that is accessible to everyone," said Richard Hanson, president of BSU and Northwest Technical College, in the release. "This ranking reinforces the tremendous efforts by our faculty and staff to support our students and fulfill our mission to the people of Minnesota and beyond."

U.S. News & World Report categorizes schools based on mission, according to classifications developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and, in some cases, also breaks schools down by region.

U.S. News classifies BSU as a regional university in the Midwest region. Regional universities as classified as those offering a full range of undergraduate programs with some master's, but few, if any, doctoral programs.

America's Best Colleges 2014 ranks 110 of 147 listed regional universities in its Midwest region, and in total ranked 436 of 574 listed institutions across four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. Institutions not included in the rankings are listed alphabetically.

BSU also appeared in several other college rankings lists released today by U.S. News & World Report:

• Tied for 106th in the region in campus ethnic diversity, which measures an institution's total proportion of minority students, minus international students (0.17);

• Tied for 59th in the region in economic diversity, which measures the percentage of an institution's students who receive Pell Grants (41 percent);

• Tied for 35th in the region in percentage of international students in the institution's student body (3 percent);

• Tied for 81st nationally among all institutions surveyed in highest acceptance rate (93.4 percent).

U.S. News & World Report began publishing college rankings in 1983. America's Best Colleges 2014 was available online beginning Tuesday; the print version will be available on newsstands in mid-September.