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August 20, 1999

Middlebury College Ranked Fifth Nationally by U.S. News -- College's ranking is highest it has received from U.S. News; Last year's ranking was seventh

U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked Middlebury College fifth among national liberal arts colleges in its year 2000 edition of "America's Best Colleges," which will appear on newsstands Monday, Aug. 23. Middlebury's ranking is the highest the College has received in the annual U.S. News survey. The College ranked seventh in last year's survey.

Six New England institutions are listed among the top 10 national liberal arts colleges. Middlebury is the only Vermont college to be included.

According to Middlebury College president John M. McCardell, Jr., Middlebury's U.S. News ranking indicates the effectiveness of ongoing policies specifically designed to develop fully Middlebury's potential to be among the very best liberal arts colleges in the country. "Though there is legitimate concern regarding how much can be read into these rankings, I do believe that Middlebury's general rise in the U.S. News survey, relative to the other high-quality institutions in our category, and taken over a number of years, indicates that our programs to make Middlebury the best college it can be are having an effect," said McCardell.

U.S. News, which publishes its rankings both in the magazine and in its annual college guidebook, included over 1,400 schools in this year's survey. The magazine's national rankings are based on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance (the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates).