The University of Missouri dropped seven spaces in this year’s ranking of the nation’s top 100 four-year research institutions.
U.S. News World Reports, in its annual Best Colleges report, ranked MU 97th among the top private and public schools. It tied with Florida State University, University of Colorado-Boulder and University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Last year MU ranked 90th. It’s been among the top 100 for nine of the last 10 years.
Criteria used to determine a school’s position on the list include freshman retention, graduation rates, students’ SAT and ACT scores, and faculty quality. Alumni giving and how much the institution spends on each student also are factors.
Harvard, Princeton and Yale were one, two and three. The University of Kansas ranked 106th, down from 101st last year. The last time KU was included in the top 100 was 2010, when it ranked 96th.
Two private schools in the eastern part of the state also made the list — Washington University in St. Louis is ranked 14th and St. Louis University is 92nd.
The magazine includes rankings also for regional schools and lists the best schools in specific study areas. For more on the rankings, go toUSNews.com/rankings.