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Auburn University has been named on an elite list of America's 75 best public colleges and universities, according to a national report released on Tuesday.

The study by Business First puts Auburn University in 53rd place out of 477 four-year public institutions across the country. The study was based on 20 indicators of academic excellence, prestige, affordability, diversity and economic strength. It gives the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, and economically robust communities. The release and rankings can be found online. Information about Auburn’s statistics can be found on a separate page online.

The study is based on the latest data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. College rankings recently issued by three national publications, Forbes, Kiplinger’s and U.S. News and World Report, have also been taken into account.

The report provides a separate breakdown for Alabama's public colleges. Auburn University ranks first out of the 13 Alabama institutions included in the study. 

Business First has also issued academic rankings for all of the schools, both public and private, within the nation's 10 major athletic conferences. Auburn University ranks seventh academically among the 14 colleges in the Southeastern Conference.