West Virginia University and two of its regional campuses have been included in the 2004 edition of Americas Best Colleges by U.S. News&World Report.

WVU Institute of Technology made the second tier of the four-tier Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors category, Southern region, and was among the top four public comprehensive colleges in the region, according to the rankings released after midnight Friday, Aug. 22. The category is for institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degrees in the liberal arts and professional fields.

The Montgomery school was also ranked 49th among best undergraduate engineering programs in the country. WVU was included in the third tier of the four-tier Best National Universities-Doctoral category, which covers 248 universities that offer an array of undergraduate majors and masters and doctoral degrees. The Carnegie Institute for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WVU in the Doctoral Research Extensive Classificationthe only West Virginia institution in this designation and one of only 151 in the nation.

WVU at Parkersburg was listed in the rankingsfourth tier in the Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors category, Southern region.

U.S. News ranked the schools based on peer assessment, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate. Only schools in the first tier were ranked by number; all subsequent tiers listed schools alphabetically.