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Report: Mississippi State outperforms reputation

December 18, 2013

MSU students make their way across the campus’ Drill Field early in the fall semester. U.S. News and World Report has named MSU one of three public universities whose performance exceeds its reputation among peer institutions. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)

Every year, U.S. News and World Report ranks institutions of higher learning across America, and sometimes, there is more to a school’s ranking than just one number.

That’s what U.S. News found when it compared their overall rankings of schools against their rankings in a category that counts for 15 percent of each school’s total score: academic peer assessment, a measure of a school’s reputation among presidents, provosts and deans of admissions at a school’s peer institutions. The findings focus on national universities — schools that offer full ranges of academic majors, programs and research. The publication found that sometimes a school’s overall ranking does not match its reputation, showing that it might be overrated or underrated by its peers.

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