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Wayne State College in U.S. News & World Report 2009 College Rankings


WAYNE, Neb. (Aug. 28, 2008) -- Wayne State defines its mission as learning excellence, student success and regional service. The college’s students, faculty and staff measure themselves against these ideals each day in the classroom, at conferences and in laboratories, in the community, at work, and in many levels of athletics. The 2009 college rankings by U.S. News & World Report aim to quantify certain aspects of colleges’ success as well. An examination of the data presented in the annual survey reveals several key categories in which Wayne State continues to live up to the ideals of its mission.


Some highlights of this year’s rankings:


-- Wayne State has the 4th highest retention rate (75%) among Tier Three Master’s colleges and universities

-- 2nd highest alumni giving rate among Tier Three Master’s colleges and universities and the 26th highest alumni giving rate among all 146 Midwestern Master’s colleges and universities

-- Top half of all Tier Three Master’s colleges and universities for the number of freshmen who graduated in the top 25% of their high school graduating class

-- Among the top 3 most affordable schools for all Midwestern Master’s colleges and universities

-- We are listed under the subcategory of average retention rates for all Midwestern Master’s colleges and universities as having an average of 70% for proportion of freshmen entering between 2002 and 2005 who returned the following fall semester

-- We are also listed in the subcategory of economic diversity among Midwestern Master’s colleges and universities…we are in the top 10% of that group (criteria: number of students with Pell grants)


These points hold exceptional significance when balanced against the fact that Wayne State College is an open-enrollment institution, accepting 100% of the students who apply, yet challenging them to do the hard work necessary to complete their degrees. The college community is proud to receive recognition for its efforts to not only attract students but to retain them and ensure their success.


“Of course, students should not choose a college based solely upon any ranking system,” said Wayne State President Richard Collings. “Rankings can never replace a visit to a college to determine if it is the right fit for you. Prospective students visiting Wayne State can easily see that students get a hands-on education at the college. Thanks to research grants and innovative programs, Wayne State students have the opportunity to conduct biomedical and environmental research, travel to conferences across the country, and, in some instances, around the world.”


Wayne State invites students and parents to take a look at the rankings, then make an appointment to visit the campus or attend an off-campus informational event to learn how the college helps students succeed while playing a leading role in the landscape of higher education in Nebraska.



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