Middle Tennessee State University was among five public four-year institutions in the state that were included in U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of the Best National Universities released Wednesday.
MTSU joined the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, East Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis on the publication’s list. UT-Knoxville was ranked No. 101 on the list, while MTSU and the three other state public universities featured were grouped in an unnumbered tier of schools ranked between Nos. 205 to 270.
The annual ranking assesses more than 1,500 of the country’s four-year colleges and universities, based on criteria developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The five Tennessee public universities were among the 281 institutions — 173 public, 101 private and seven for-profit — narrowed for recognition by U.S. News and World Report.
“We are pleased that our programs and service to Tennessee have been recognized through the years by several prestigious organizations,” said MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee. “We are also proud to serve the region and state as a comprehensive university, offering more than 140 undergraduate programs and a wide array of master’s and doctoral degree opportunities.”
The recognition by U.S. News and World Report follows recent accolades from by The Princeton Review, which named MTSU one of the best colleges in the Southeast.
MTSU was one of 136 institutions in 12 states singled out by The Princeton Review. The region includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The notation in “2013 Best College: Region by Region,” posted on PrincetonReview.com, said MTSU was a “big, public college that offers ‘the best bang for your buck.’” It cited the University’s “varied and excellent academic programs,” noting specifically its Mass Communication, Aerospace, Recording Industry, Education and Electronic Media departments.
“Within their major, students and professors are ‘extremely knowledgeable and very willing to meet with students outside of class,’” the review said, based from responses from MTSU undergraduate students.