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Connecticut schools land on list of top public universities

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The University of Connecticut. (WFSB file photo) The University of Connecticut. (WFSB file photo)
Eastern Connecticut State University. (WFSB file photo) Eastern Connecticut State University. (WFSB file photo)

Two Connecticut universities have made a list of the nation's top public universities.

The University of Connecticut said it was 20th while Eastern Connecticut State University was 27th in the U.S. News & World Report rankings.

UConn President Susan Herbst said the school has gone from being 38 on the list 15 years ago to consistently being in the top 25.

She said that's where UConn intends to remain, like it has for the past six years.

"UConn remains very strong in key areas," Herbst said. "Our retention and graduation rates are high and holding steady, our academic reputation is firm and we have successfully maintained the academic quality of our incoming classes, even as enrollment has grown."

Herbst said the school's goal has always been to rise in the rankings.

The report listed UConn's tuition at $35,858 for out-of-state students and $14,066 for in-state students.

Its enrollment was at 18,826 undergraduates.

The school was tied on the list with Purdue University - West Lafayette and the University of Maryland - College Park.

See a slideshow of the top 25 schools on the list here.

Also on the list was ECSU, which said it moved up to 27th. That's the school's best ranking so far.

"I am gratified to see Eastern achieve its highest ranking ever in this year's U.S. News and World Report's 2017 Best Colleges report," said ECSU president Elsa Nunez. "Our commitment to academic excellence, our focus on student engagement and the introduction of new majors have resulted in strong scores for such criteria as academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources and alumni giving. Students and their families turn to the Best Colleges rankings to help decide where to attend college. These new rankings reaffirm that Eastern is providing a quality, affordable liberal arts education on our beautiful residential campus."

To check out the complete rankings, click here.

The issue of this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings will be published in the Best Colleges 2017 Guidebook and available for purchase at newsstands on Oct. 4.

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