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US News ranks university top
MTSU earned its way to the annual Top 100 list of social mobility performers by US News & World Report for its efforts to help underprivileged students achieve their educational goals.
US News on Monday reported its 2022-23 ratings of 1,500 colleges and universities, ranking MTSU 82nd for social mobility; No. 156 for Top Public Schools; No. 130 for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (at schools where Ph.D. is not offered); No. 206 in nursing; and No. 247 in business. The university was also ranked No. 299 among the top national universities.
MTSU, which first made the 2020 US News Social Mobility Top 100, devotes considerable effort to serving first-generation and underrepresented students. He recently launched a new initiative, called MT Tuition Free, to help qualified students determine pathways that could eliminate or significantly reduce their tuition (read more about this at www.mtsu.edu/mtfree).
“Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to complete college, even controlling for other characteristics,” US News said in its announcement for its social mobility ranking. “But some colleges are doing better than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and securing large numbers of disadvantaged students who are awarded Pell grants. The vast majority of these federal scholarships are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family income is less than $50,000.
McPhee also noted that the back-to-back annual recognition by US News comes just days after the university was added to the 2022-23 National Colleges of Distinction List. This ranking also cited MTSU’s business, education and nursing programs, as well as the efforts of the Career Development Center and the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Families Center.
The Colleges of Distinction announcement said MTSU is “constantly evolving its programs to ensure students keep up with the rapidly changing global marketplace.”
The credit union gives back
Ascend Federal Credit Union, a nonprofit organization, has contributed to the university’s human resources and arts departments and the Jones College of Business, including university-wide educational initiatives and business tools. financial education, webinars and alumni seminars.
Recently, Ascend donated $15,000 as Presenting Sponsor of Financial Literacy Week at Jones College of Business. Additionally, Ascend contributed $15,000 to the Arts program and $2,500 scholarship money for the Arts program.
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