PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University has received national attention in the 2001 U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings.

WSU was recognized for its range of undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral degrees and research.

The results were published in four tiers. WSU was listed in the second tier along with Colorado State University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, Michigan State University and University of Nebraska.

“Whether you look at the universities we are associated with nationally or in the greater Northwest, you will conclude that Washington State University is a major force in both undergraduate education and in research,” President V. Lane Rawlins said. “The positive increase in research funding we’ve seen in the past two years and the positive enrollment numbers we are seeing this fall are also indicators of the quality of WSU.”

The president said the university’s new Regents Scholars Program is another indicator of WSU’s commitment to quality and to attracting the very best undergraduate students in the state of Washington.

The recently announced program will provide a two-year annual $2,500 scholarship for as many as two students, selected by principals, at every Washington high school. The principals will nominate the students based on their academic achievement, leadership and community service. The nominees will be eligible for additional scholarships, including full four-year awards.

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