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National List Ranks Auburn as Top Public University in Alabama

Rejoice, Auburn!  The Business Journals rank Auburn University as the top public university in the state of Alabama.

Universities were scored based on their admissions processes in addition to retention and graduation rates. Prestigious reputations, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies and economically robust communities were also taken into account.

As the top ranked school in Alabama, Auburn University came in at No. 52 on the list thanks to its four star ratings in the selectivity, advancement and prestige categories. It received three star ratings in community, diversity and costs categories. The highest possible rating in each category was five stars. (

That ranking puts Auburn on the bubble of the top ten percent of U.S. public universities, according to The Business Journals.

The Business Journals' methodology for the rankings looks at each school's effectiveness and beyond.  Their evaluations address "six categories, reflecting their scores for selectivity, student advancement (retention and graduation), prestige, costs (affordability), diversity and the demographic and economic strength of their surrounding communities." (American City Business Journals)

The Business Journals analyzed 484 four-year public colleges, using the latest data released by the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. College rankings recently issued by four national publications — Forbes, Kiplinger's, U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly — were also taken into account.

(The Business Journals') 19-part formula has pinpointed the public universities and colleges that offer the best educational experiences to their students. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities. (American City Business Journals)

Sources: and American City Business Journals

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