Kansas University pushed ahead by a few nose lengths in the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings of best public universities.
KU announced today that it had moved to the 47th spot in the rankings, up from the 51st spot in last year's list. This year the university is in a six-way tie for 47th with Iowa State, North Carolina State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Oklahoma and University of Tennessee.
In rankings for national universities, KU was in an eight-way tie for 101st, up from 106th in last year's list, according to U.S. News and World Report spokesperson Lucy Lyons.
The rankings are based on the high school performance of students who attend, graduation rates and other data. U.S. News recently tweaked their methodology to give more weight to graduation rates over college selectivity in its admissions.
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