Clarksville, Ark. -- For the seventh consecutive year the University of the Ozarks has been ranked as a "top tier" university in the U.S. News & World Report's annual late summer publication that analyzes institutions of higher education.
In the 2006 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released on Aug. 18, Ozarks was ranked eighth among 106 universities in the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s) in the South Region. The eighth-place ranking is the highest ever for U of O, which was ranked No. 9 in the South in 2005 and No. 13 in 2004. In the annual “America’s Best Colleges” edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 1,400 accredited schools nationally, based on such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. In the magazine’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, Ozarks ranked sixth overall among the South’s 106 Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s). Ozarks has been ranked in the South Region’s top 10 “best values” by the magazine in each of the past seven years. The value rankings evaluate the cost of attending a college or university relative to the quality of the institution, according to the magazine’s ranking system. “To be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top-tier campus in the Southern Region for the seventh consecutive year is a well-deserved tribute to our faculty, staff and students,” said U of O President Dr. Rick Niece. “We continue to gain status regionally and nationally. I am equally proud that Ozarks is once again rated highly in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. Our high ranking validates that we provide our students with an outstanding education at a reasonable cost.”