Clarksville, Ark. ---University of the Ozarks has been ranked as a "top tier" university for the fifth consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Report's annual publication that looks at institutions of higher education.
In the 2004 edition of "America’s Best Colleges," Ozarks was ranked in the "top tier" in the category of Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s) in the South Region. U.S. News ranks the nation’s colleges and universities in tiers, with the top 25 percent of the schools in each category placed in the top tier. In its 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 "Best Values" category, Ozarks ranked fifth among the South’s 105 Comprehensive Colleges (Bachelor’s). Ozarks has been ranked in the South Region’s top five of "Best Values" by the magazine in each of the past five 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 proud that, once again, the University of the Ozarks is highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its 2004 publication," said U of O President Dr. Rick Niece. "Being ranked for the fifth consecutive year as a top-tier university is a tribute to our faculty, staff and students. That ranking is a campus-wide achievement. Only a select number of campuses are placed among their peers at the top."