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September 2002 -- Michigan Technological University has been included in the top 50 public national universities in US News' latest "Best Colleges" rankings.
"We're extremely pleased to be listed among the best public universities in America," Michigan Tech President Curt Tompkins said. "It's gratifying to receive recognition at the national level."
Another US News ranking underscores Michigan Tech's affordability, Tompkins noted. The University ranked ninth out of 249 in the "least debt" category, which measures the debt students carry upon graduation.
"Unfortunately, it's become fashionable to bash colleges and universities for raising tuition. We've been accused of being insensitive to students and their families," Tompkins said. "Michigan Tech's rankings in US News show that a top-quality education can still be very affordable."
MTU placed in the second tier in US News' "National Universities--Doctoral" category, which ranks the nation's 249 private and public universities that have a wide range of undergraduate programs, as well as strong graduate and research programs. They are scored on a variety of factors, including reputation, graduation rate, retention, faculty resources, alumni giving and more. The second tier includes universities ranked 52 through 129.
Seven of Michigan's 15 public universities are included in the "National Universities--Doctoral" category.