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How Idaho fared in U.S. News and World Report rankings

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The University of Idaho’s Administration Building in Moscow.

BOISE — U.S. News and World Report has released its annual college and university rankings, and several Idaho schools are touting some of the numbers.

The University of Idaho ranked No. 28 in the nation for “best value schools,” topping the rankings for colleges in the West for the second consecutive year. “Being the best value is demonstrated by our strong outcomes,” U of I President Scott Green said in a news release. “Our students graduate with lower debt and get great jobs, setting them up for success and the ability to lead their industries.”

U.S. News and World Report calculates “value schools” by measuring an institution’s overall academic ranking against the cost for an out-of-state student receiving an average award of need-based aid.

Boise State University ranked No. 46 in the nation for innovation. “We have developed new strategies for teaching, research, and service — the vital work of a public university,” President Marlene Tromp said in a news release.

These rankings are based on nominations from college officials, who graded their peers for innovations in “curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities,” U.S. News and World Report says.

Lewis-Clark State College was ranked No. 8 for best value among regional colleges in the West and No. 21 overall among regional colleges in the region. Lewis-Clark also ranked No. 31 in a social mobility, a new category based on enrollment numbers and graduation rates for students receiving federal Pell grants.

“This is just one more affirmation of what we know to be true,” President Cynthia Pemberton said. “LC State is accessible, affordable and a high-quality education value.”

Here are the overall U.S. News and World Report rankings. (Not all schools receive a specific ranking.)

  • National universities (392 schools ranked): U of I, No. 179; Boise State, No. 299-391; Idaho State University, No. 299-391.
  • National liberal arts colleges (223 schools ranked): The College of Idaho, No. 136.
  • Regional universities, West (126 schools ranked): Northwest Nazarene University, No. 51.
  • Regional colleges, West (102 schools ranked): Brigham Young University-Idaho, No. 16; Lewis-Clark, No. 21.
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