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TCU climbs to 99 in magazine's ranking of top schools

Texas Christian University sits at No. 99 in U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the nation's top colleges, up from 110 a year ago.

"TCU has a very positive story to be told," TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said in a statement. "Simply put: We offer a very high quality major university education in a newly revitalized and intellectually stimulating campus environment."

Harvard University is ranked No. 1 in the annual report, which was released Tuesday.

The top-ranked campus in Texas is Rice University, at 17.

The yearly national rankings are based on criteria including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, alumni giving and high school counselor ratings. The highest-ranking schools are considered top tier and offer well-regarded bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

Those schools are also recognized for groundbreaking research, according to U.S. News & World Report, which also ranks national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges.

Boschini said TCU plans to continue to offer top-quality programs. He said TCU's efforts seem to resonate with prospective students, as applications topped 14,000 for the 2010-11 school year.

"We believe that over time our story will be heard by the rankers, just as it is now being heard by our prospective students and other constituents," Boschini said.

Online: www.usnews.com

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675

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