A mix of private and public colleges got Kentucky's highest national spots in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 rankings of colleges and universities.
Campbellsville University was ranked No. 4 in best "up-and-coming" schools in the South. Those are colleges and universities that have made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities. A total of 77 colleges and universities across the nation were singled out for that honor.
Campbellsville University also was ranked 23rd in the best baccalaureate colleges in the South. Brescia University in Owensboro was 30th, University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg was 34th, and Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes was 43rd.
Among the nation's best liberal arts colleges, Kentucky's top-rated institutions were No. 46 Centre College and No. 85 Transylvania University. Last year Centre was ranked 45th and Transylvania 77th.
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Four public schools and two private ones made the list for the South's best master's degree universities.
The public universities were Murray State at No. 20, Western Kentucky University at No. 31, Morehead State University at No. 49, and Eastern Kentucky University at No. 56.
The private universities that made that list were Bellarmine University at No. 15 and Thomas More College at No. 55.
The University of Kentucky tied with five other schools for 128th among the best national universities. Last year Kentucky was 116th.
Kentucky State University in Frankfort was unranked among the best historically black colleges and in the category of baccalaureate schools in the South.