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Columbia College named "Best Regional University" by U.S. News & World Report

Columbia College earned the No. 40 spot as one of America's "Best Regional Universities-Midwest" in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S.News & World Report. The college's ranking will be published in the September issue. Columbia College also ranked No. 3 for "Least Debt Load", a new category listing schools whose class of 2009 graduated with the least amount of debt.

"Columbia College has ranked in the top tier of America's best colleges by U.S.News & World Report for the past seven years," says Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College. "This year, we were pleased to be recognized in a new category, least debt load, speaking to our high academic quality and low tuition cost."

The 2011 list of Best Colleges provides a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 28,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information about the college, visit www.ccis.edu/about.