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For sixth consecutive year, UNI ranked second on 'U.S. News & World Report' list<br>

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James O'Connor, University Marketing and Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Northern Iowa is ranked second in the 'Midwestern Universities -- Master's' category for public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2003 'America's Best Colleges' guidebook.

The magazine's ranking criteria include peer assessment, academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate.

UNI also ranked in the top tier of a combined list of public and private Midwest regional universities.

Truman State University in Missouri was ranked first among public institutions in the 'Midwest Universities -- Master's' category, also for the sixth consecutive year.