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Fairfield U gets high marks in ‘best colleges’ list

Fairfield University ranked second among regional universities in the Northeast, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2011 installment of its best colleges rankings, one slot behind Villanova University.

The publication classes as regional universities those schools that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s degrees, but few doctoral programs.

Yale University in New Haven ranked third among national universities, behind Harvard University and Princeton University, and trailed only Harvard for best value in the nation.

The University of Connecticut ranked 19th among public universities and tops among those located in the Northeast, ahead of Rutgers at 25th.

Other schools to lead their Connecticut peers in varying categories included Wesleyan University in Middletown, 12th among liberal arts colleges, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, which led regional colleges in the Northeast.


Two schools get blue ribbons

Two Fairfield County schools were dubbed “blue ribbon” schools by the U.S. Department of Education, among four in Connecticut and some 360 nationally.

Easton’s Helen Keller Middle School and Wilton’s Middlebrook School won the accolades, which the department awards to both public and private schools to showcase outstanding academics or improvement.


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