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BSU ranks among top 100 Midwest colleges

BEMIDJI – Bemidji State University has been ranked among the top 100 colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fifth consecutive year.

BSU, in ratings compiled by U.S. News & World Report, tied with three other higher-education schools for 93rd in the Midwest region and tied for 33rd among the region’s public institutions, according to a news release from BSU.

BSU’s ranking of 33rd in the region moves the university up one spot from last year.

“This ranking reinforces the great efforts by faculty and staff at Bemidji State University to deliver a high-quality, highly accessible education to everyone across Minnesota and beyond,” BSU President Richard Hanson said in the release.

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. Regional universities are classified as those offering a full range of undergraduate programs with some master’s, but few, if any, doctoral programs.

America’s Best Colleges 2013 ranks 112 of 149 regional universities in its Midwest region, and in total ranked 441 of 589 institutions across four regions. The publication’s Midwest region includes North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Among other rankings released for universities in the Midwest region, BSU tied for 36th out of 75 schools ranked in percentage of a school’s population of international students at 3 percent, and tied for 59th out of 100 schools ranked in economic diversity, with 41 percent of its students receiving Pell grants.