Miami University ranks highest among public universities in Ohio in Forbes magazine's America's Top Colleges 2011 list, released this week, which features 650 private and public colleges and universities across the country.
Among public universities nationwide, Miami ranked 46th.
Miami also appears as the 5th ranked public university in Forbes’ “Best in the Midwest” list and 33rd among publics on the “Best Research Universities” list.
The rankings are compiled by Forbes in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C., think tank.
The rankings are based on five general categories:
- Post-graduate success accounts for 30 percent, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence,
- Student satisfaction also accounts for nearly 30 percent, which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates,
- Student debt accounts for 17.5 percent, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates,
- Four-year graduation rate account for 17.5 percent and,
- Competitive awards account for less than 10 percent, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.
The complete ranking list is also available online at Forbes.com.
Forbes is one of several national rankings that recognize Miami’s commitment to a personal and rich college experience for students. With median time to a degree at 3.7 years, Miami has one of the highest graduation rates among national public universities.