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Crookston ranked among top regional schools, while North Dakota universities lag

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A list of the best universities in the country ranked UND and North Dakota State University near the bottom third, while the University of of Minnesota-Crookston surged ahead in regional rankings.

U.S. News & World Report ranked UND 205th out of 312 national universities for 2019. The school ranked 112 out of 132 top public schools.

UND's ranking is 13 spots down from last year's placing overall and 10 spots down from the top public schools.

The University of Minnesota-Crookston ranked second in regional public colleges in the Midwest and has been among the best three schools for 22 years straight. Overall, it ranked 36th when compared to other schools in the regional colleges category.

The national universities category includes schools with a "full range of undergraduate majors, plus master's and doctoral programs. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research," the website said.

Regional colleges included schools with "undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines," according to the website.

The study looks at graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student performance, financial resources and alumni giving.

NDSU was ranked at 215 in national universities and 121 in top public schools.