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Texas Tech makes list of best colleges in America

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech University earned a top-tier ranking among national universities in the 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

According to the publication, Texas Tech sits at 159 out of the top 191 schools ranked in the National University category. Texas Tech also is listed in the A+ Schools for B Students category, which is alphabetical and not by rank.

The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available now on the U.S. News Best Colleges website and will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands Aug. 31. The 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Aug. 24.

Over the past 26 years, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has become one of the most comprehensive research tools for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance (National Universities and Liberal Art Colleges categories).

This year the publication made some changes in its ranking methodology. In the Best Colleges 2011 edition, schools are designated National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges (last year it was Liberal Arts Colleges), Regional Universities (last year it was Universities-Master's), and Regional Colleges (last year it was Baccalaureate Colleges). The number of colleges in the two regional categories did not change, and schools are still ranked in four regions—North, South, Midwest, and West. The publication now numerically ranks the top 75 percent of schools in each category, up from 50 percent. The schools in the bottom 25 percent of each group are listed alphabetically as the Second Tier, previously called the Fourth Tier.

For more information about America's Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.

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