HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — For the first time, Marshall University has been ranked among the nation’s top higher education institutions by U.S. News & World Report.

The magazine rolled out its 2020 “Best Colleges” rankings, putting Marshall among the best 381 schools in the top tier “National Universities” category.

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The ranking marks the first time Marshall has been listed in that category. This comes as a direct result of the university’s recent elevation to the R2, or Doctoral University: High Research Activity, category by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, according to the institution.

“We are certainly gratified that U.S. News & World Report has designated Marshall University among the top tier universities in the country,” said Dr. Jerome A. Gilbert, president of Marshall University in a release.

“It is wonderful to see our university recognized nationally as a student-centered, public research institution committed to academic excellence, research, student success, and accessible and affordable higher education.”

The publication also ranked Marshall’s Brad D. Smith Schools of Business among the country’s “Best Undergraduate Business Programs.”

Marshall was listed at 147 on the category of “Social Mobility” by U.S. News & World Report. The school was the only one in West Virginia to be on that list, which measures how successful a school is at enrolling and graduating students who come from low-income households.

West Virginia University and the University of Charleston are also on the list.