The University of Jamestown has received the highest regional college rankings of all North Dakota institutions in U.S. News and World Report's "Best College 2020" edition, released on Sept. 9.

The college ranking system evaluates colleges and universities annually by analyzing criteria including peer assessment, graduation rate, student/faculty ratios, class size, alumni giving and student testing scores. Categories include regional colleges, regional universities, national universities and national liberal arts colleges.

“We are pleased to once again be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a best regional college in the Midwest,” said Polly Peterson, UJ's president. As the top-ranked university in the state in any category, we are proud to be recognized for the quality of the educational experience we provide and the successes that our alumni achieve after graduation.

“Our mission is to provide a holistic educational experience where learning occurs both in the classroom and through extensive co-curricular learning opportunities," Peterson said. "Through internships, co-ops, study abroad and campus involvement, our students are prepared for success as they enter the workforce upon graduation.”

Valley City State University was ranked the second best public regional college in the Midwest, after being ranked third in the 2019 rankings.