IVY CLIMBS AT MONMOUTH U

Monmouth University has leapt a dozen spots in the U.S. News & World Report magazine ranking of the best colleges and universities for 2007.

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The West long Branch school was listed as number 62 among northeatern U.S. institutions offering a full range of instruction, including undergraudate and master’s degrees. A year ago, Monmouth ranked 74.

Monmouth is a private university with 4,600 students.

From a press release issued by the university today:

The formula for the rankings includes variables such as graduation and retention rates, student selectivity (SAT/ACT test scores and class ranking of enrollees), faculty and financial resources, and the percentage of alumni donating money to their alma mater.

Key to the University’s rise in the rankings were improvements in freshman retention, SAT scores, graduation rate, and the larger percentage of full-time faculty at the University.

“I am proud of our University in so many ways. It is gratifying to see our rankings continue to climb. We are looking forward,” said Monmouth University President Paul G. Gaffney II.

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