Clarksville, Ark. ---For the sixth 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 2005 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released on Aug. 20, Ozarks was ranked in a tie for ninth overall among 106 universities in the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s) in the South Region. The ninth-place ranking is the highest ever for U of O, which was ranked No. 12 in the South in 2004 and No. 14 in 2003. 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 third overall among the South’s 106 Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s). Ozarks has been ranked in the South Region’s top five “Best Values” by the magazine in each of the past six 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. “I am pleased that the University of the Ozarks is once again recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being a top tier campus in the South Region,” said U of O President Dr. Rick Niece. “At Ozarks we continue to dedicate ourselves to providing a high-quality, personalized education for our students, and it’s satisfying to have a national publication commend our excellence. Equally gratifying is our ranking as the third best value in the South. The annual ranking and our continued high status are a tribute to everyone connected with Ozarks.”