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The University of Louisville ranked second among all Kentucky public universities in the Wall Street Journal’s social mobility rankings, released Sept. 20.

UofL ranked #219 in the nation, one spot behind Eastern Kentucky University and just ahead of the University of Kentucky in the rankings, which take into account how much schools enhance their students’ social mobility. The study “rewards universities that take in the highest proportion of students coming from lower-income families, while maintaining high graduation rates and having a positive impact on graduate salaries and minimizing the costs of attending the college,” according to the publication.

Berea College ranked #3 nationally and led all Kentucky colleges and universities in the rankings.

“Our ranking reflects our strong commitment to our mission as a metropolitan research university and the impact we make not only on Louisville, but on the entire commonwealth,” said President Kim Schatzel. “We take great pride in the difference we are making for first-generation and underrepresented students and others for whom a college degree is life changing.”

Earlier this week, UofL topped all national universities in Kentucky in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Value Schools ranking, moving up 15 spots to #131 overall. 

John Drees is a 35-year veteran in the Office of Communications and Marketing. As vice president, communications and marketing, he works closely with the president, provost and other senior administrators, oversees the Office of Communications and Marketing, including media relations, marketing and brand, broadcast, social media, internal communication, crisis communication, visitor services and special events and activities. A former sports editor for the Voice Newspapers, he was a regular contributor to a variety of publications, including the Kentucky Sports Report and the Courier-Journal. A poor but enthusiastic golfer, he is an avid Cardinal sports fan. He also loves the Detroit Lions, so pity him.