AFA, CC, Regis among top colleges

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Colleges in Colorado Springs ranked among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday.

The US Air Force Academy was listed the 25th top liberal arts school in the nation. Colorado College followed closely behind, at number 31.

The magazine’s definition of a liberal arts college is one which emphasize undergraduate education and give at least half their degrees in liberal arts fields of study.

The magazine also lists top regional universities. Regional universities offer a full listing of undergraduate programs and some master’s degrees, but few Ph.D. Programs.

The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs reached a listing of number 42 in the regional university listing. The UCCS is a top 10 Western regional public university and its College of Engineering and Applied Science is a national leader, according to the magazine.

The magazine’s editors ranked the overall quality of UCCS tenth in a three-way tie among public Western regional universities. Among all public and private Western regional universities, UCCS was ranked in the first tier and 42nd overall.

Regis University, which has a campus in the Springs, ranked 27th. It’s main campus is in Denver.

The magazine also has a ranking in the national university category. It defines this list as colleges that offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus graduate programs.

The University of Colorado-Boulder was listed number 86. Both the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Denver ranked number 91. Colorado State University was listed at number 121.

In the national university rankings, Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs was ranked “unlisted” in the listing of national university ranks.