Lynn tops "U.S. News" list in south for number of international students for third straight year

University classification moves up from tier 4 to tier 3 this year

Published Aug. 25, 2008

In U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue on newsstands today, Lynn University moved up from tier 4 to tier 3 in the ranking classification and is again prominently recognized for its international environment. For the third straight year, Lynn was included on the annual rankings as the campus with the highest percentage of international students among master's degree-granting institutions in the South.

With students from more than 90 nations, Lynn recognizes the value of an international perspective for students, faculty and the larger community. "The broad international mix of students at Lynn allows all students, both international and domestic, to have multicultural experiences," said Stefano Papaleo, director of international admissions. "Class discussions are so much richer when students from several different cultures have a chance to interact. And understanding different cultures is important for students, both personally and professionally."

Lynn was first listed as having the highest concentration of international students among peer institutions in the South in the 2006 issue of U.S. News. In 2005 Lynn ranked second in that category, and the university was third in this category in 2004.

Lynn was also included on the U.S. News list of "Best Universities-Master's." This year, Lynn moved up from the fourth tier, appearing for the first time in the third tier of universities in the South that offer a wide range of undergraduate and master's degree programs, but few doctoral programs.

The U.S. News rankings have become increasingly controversial in recent years as some institutions - and the associations that represent them - have criticized the publication's ranking criteria including the use of "reputation" based survey data, among other things. InsideHigherEd.com and The Chronicle of Higher Education, higher ed's leading trade publications, both released stories on the subject this morning: "'U.S. News' Sees Drop in Participation" (IHE) and "As 'U.S. News' Rankings Turn 25, Harvard Stands Alone at No. 1" (Chronicle). The director of data research at U.S. News, Richard Morse, outlined the publication's five-step process for ensuring the integrity of college rankings in his blog, "Morse Code: Inside the College Rankings," in his post Thursday morning: "How We Make Sure the Rankings Are Right."