Columbia College ranks in top tier

Monday, September 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:18 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Columbia College has earned bragging rights from U.S. News and World Report for 2005.

“Columbia College, for the first time in its history, ended up in the top tier of baccalaureate degree institutions in the Midwest,” said Terry Smith, vice president and dean of academic affairs at the college.

U.S. News and World Report – which every year gathers data to rank schools nationwide — ranked Columbia College 37 out of 53 other institutions like it in its region.

“If you are ranked high in these rankings, it is an indication of quality, and it is appealing to your various stakeholders, such as students, parents, donors, alumni and prospective students,” Smith said.

Because of the ranking’s methodology, those who are not in the top tier are listed alphabetically and not according to their rank. In the past, Columbia College has been one of those schools. Now, it has a chance to see where it stands among competitors.

“When you look at all your data in all the different categories, you can see how you compare with other institutions,” Smith said.

In the rankings for national universities, MU ranked 86. Stephens College is in the fourth tier of the liberal-arts colleges.

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