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Published Aug. 22, 2008: 3 private schools get best rankings

Three private colleges got Kentucky’s highest national spots in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 rankings of colleges and universities, while the University of Kentucky was 116th among the best national universities, far behind UK’s goal of becoming a Top 20 public research university.

UK moved up six spots from a year ago among top public and private universities. Among public universities, UK was 57th.

Meanwhile, among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, Kentucky’s top-ranked institutions were No. 45 Centre College, No. 68 Berea College and No. 77 Transylvania University, which made a gain of 10 places from a year ago.

U.S. News also ranked Centre 17th and Transylvania 31st among the ”best values“ category titled ”Great Schools, Great Prices.“

In addition, Berea was 7th among ”Schools to Watch“ for improvements and innovations; among the 14 best schools for internships; and among the 25 best schools for ”Service Learning“ — volunteer work in the community.

Louisville’s Bellarmine University tied for 16th among the South’s best master’s degree universities.

Kentucky State University ranked 30th among 70 in Best Black Colleges.

The rankings will be in U.S. News & World Report’s Sept 1 issue, on newsstands Monday, and are scheduled to be online Friday at

Best National Universities

1. Harvard University (Mass.)

2. Princeton University (N.J.)

3. Yale University (Conn.)

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4. (tie) Stanford University (Calif.)

116 (tie). University of Kentucky.

Best Liberal Arts Colleges

1. Amherst College (Mass.)

1. (tie) Williams College (Mass.)

3. Swarthmore College (Pa.)

4. Wellesley College (Mass.)

5. Middlebury College (Vt.)

45 (tie). Centre College (Ky.)

68 (tie). Berea College (Ky.)

77 (tie). Transylvania University (Ky.)

Best Universities — Master’s (South)

1. Rollins College (Fla.)

2. Elon University (N.C.)

3. Stetson University (Fla.)

4. James Madison University (Va.)

5. The Citadel (S.C.)

5 (tie). Loyola University - New Orleans

16 (tie). Bellarmine University (Ky.)

18. Murray State University (Ky.)

29 (tie). Western Kentucky University (Ky.)

50. Thomas More College (Ky.)

56 (tie). Morehead State University (Ky.)

Best Baccalaureate Colleges (South)

1. Ouachita Baptist College (Ark.)

2. Erskine College (S.C.)

3. John Brown University (Ark.)

4. Covenant College (Ga.)

5. High Point University (N.C.)

22. Campbellsville University (Ky.)

24 (tie). University of the Cumberlands (Ky.)

26 (tie). Brescia University (Ky.)

44. Kentucky State University