Fall 1997

On Top Again

Money: Nation's 19th 'best buy'

For the third year in a row, Money magazine has cited JMU as one of the Top 20 "best buys" in higher education in the United States.

JMU ranked 19th in Money's annual listing of the 100 best buys in the country. The survey, in the September 1997 issue, ranks colleges and universities of all sizes, both public and private. The rankings are based on a combination of cost and academic quality. Money surveyed more than 1,100 colleges and universities.

JMU has been included in the Money list for each of the last eight years.

U.S. News: Tops In Academics

For the fourth year in a row, JMU is the top-rated public university in academic quality among Southern regional universities in the annual rankings prepared by U.S. News & World Report.

In addition, for the fifth straight year, U.S. News ranked JMU as the most efficiently operated regional university in the South.

The rankings, based entirely on academic quality, appeared in the Sept. 1, 1997, issue of U.S. News & World Report. The magazine's survey is the oldest of the national college rankings and is generally considered one of the most accurate.

The efficiency ranking was determined by comparing the academic quality of the institution with the financial resources it has available. Only the top schools in the academic quality rankings were considered for the efficiency ratings.

The ranking on efficiency reflects that JMU continues to do an excellent job academically with limited financial resources and relatively low tuition, says Acting JMU President Linwood H. Rose.

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