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Ambrose Receives Top Rankings

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October 2011


St. Ambrose University officials are reporting top rankings from national publications.

The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, have rated St. Ambrose University among the top universities in the region.

This is the seventh year in a row St. Ambrose has been selected by the Princeton Review as one of the best universities in the Midwest. In addition, St. Ambrose has maintained an average placement in the top 40 among peer institutions as determined by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Princeton Review, which uses student opinion data to determine their rankings. selected the university as one of 153 institutions of higher education it recommends for its "Best in the Midwest" designation.

Colleges named "regional bests" represent only about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges. Student opinion data, which led to the "best" designation, referenced small class sizes and accessible professors. "One of Ambrose's best features is the caring faculty and staff," said one student. An elementary education major reported that "coming to Ambrose was one of the best choices I have ever made."

U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Ambrose University 40th-and in the top tier-among "Best Regional Universities - Midwest." The region includes 12 states.

A total of 2,752 undergraduate students are enrolled this fall, along with 815 graduate students. This fall, the most popular undergraduate degree programs include Business and Accounting, Education, Nursing, Psychology and Exercise Science. The most popular graduate programs include the MBA, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Social Work, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Speech-Language Pathology and Doctor of Physical Therapy. A new Mechanical Engineering degree program has been added this fall, the only one of its kind offered in the Quad Cities.

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