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VMI Still Among Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges

LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 12, 2012 – Virginia Military Institute retained its standing among the best national public liberal arts colleges and in the top tier of all liberal arts colleges, private as well as public, as ranked in the latest U.S. News and World Report.

VMI was ranked fourth in the list of public liberal arts colleges, behind the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. VMI held the No. 1 position in this category for six years before the federal service academies were reclassified in 2007.

Among all public and private liberal arts colleges, VMI was ranked No. 70, up from the No. 71 spot it held last year.

“VMI remains solidly in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges,” said Brig. Gen. R. Wane Schneiter, deputy superintendent and dean of the faculty. “Our approach, which offers a relatively small number of excellent majors, a rigorous core curriculum, and complementary academic enrichment programs like honors and undergraduate research, allows our faculty and staff to ensure our cadets an outstanding education.”

The rankings are based on such factors as a college’s reputation as rated by academic leaders nationally; the retention of students; class size; the quality of the faculty; the quality of students; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and the alumni giving rate.

Among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree, VMI was rank No. 25, down from the No. 21 spot it held last year. The rankings in the engineering category are based exclusively on the reputation of the program.

The Institute was also included in the unranked list of A-Plus Schools for B Students among national liberal arts colleges. The listing evaluates the quality of the school’s academic program and the academic profile of admitted students.

Last month, Forbes magazine ranked VMI among the top tier of colleges and universities nationally.