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University Of Illinois Dethrones Columbia University to Take Top Spot in the 2012 Trojan® Sexual Health Report Card Rankings

October 23, 2012

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has finally reached its climax, overthrowing the reigning champion, Columbia University, to take the number one spot in the 7th annual Trojan Sexual Health Report Card. The annual study from the maker of Trojan® Brand Condoms and conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces calls attention to the state of sexual health on campuses nationwide by ranking them according to accessibility of sexual health resources and information available to students.

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This sweetheart story was no easy feat for the Illini, as they climbed their way to the top from No. 64 in 2010, to No. 2 last year and now has grabbed #1. Over the past two years, the university has invested time and resources to provide their students with exemplary sexual health programming on campus, earning perfect scores in condoms availability, HIV testing, lecture/outreach programs and student peer groups, quality of the sexual health information on the school website, and overall website usability and quality.

“The Illini fought their way to the top, excelling in almost every category,” said Bert Sperling, president of Sperling’s BestPlaces. “From providing quality lecture and outreach programs, to the impressive sexual health information available on the website, the campus serves as an impressive model for schools around the country.”

The Ivy Leaguers and Big Ten Like It on Top

The Ivy Leaguers are on top again, dominating the top ten. Brown University rose two spots to finish at No. 2, Columbia University finished strongly in third and Princeton University found their place at No. 4, down from third place last year. Newcomer Yale University joined their fellow Ivies at No. 6, up from 14(th) place in 2011.

With Illinois’ No. 1 ranking, the Big Ten showed sexual health spirit with two other schools in the top ten rankings. University of Wisconsin registered another impressive score, climbing from No. 11 to No. 5, while the University of Iowa moved up a spot to No. 8.

Meanwhile, the bottom ten contained some familiar faces, as Seton Hall University (No. 132), St. John’s University (No. 135), Troy State University-Main Campus (No. 138), and Providence College (No. 139) all returned to the bottom of the rankings for the second year in a row. Chicago State University (No. 137) and Brigham Young University (No. 140) found their way back at the bottom for the third year in a row, and the U.S. Air Force Academy finished last at No. 141 for the first time in school history.

Top Ten Sexually Healthy Schools

1. University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
2. Brown University
3. Columbia University in the City of New York
4. Princeton University
5. University of Wisconsin-Madison
6. Yale University
7. University of Arizona
8. University of Iowa
9. Colorado State University
10. Oregon State University

Bottom Ten Schools in Sexual Health

132. Seton Hall University
133. Savannah State University
134. Louisiana Tech University
135. St. John’s University-New York
136. University of New Orleans
137. Chicago State University
138. Troy State University-Main Campus
139. Providence College
140. Brigham Young University
141. U.S. Air Force Academy

“Each year, we continue to see students and faculty use the Trojan Sexual Health Report Card as a valuable tool to shed light upon the importance of sexual health resources and to look for ways to improve,” said Mark Gromosaik, group product manager of the Trojan Brand. “We are impressed to see the constant strides schools like University of Illinois are making to improve their scores and provide better resources for their students to stay sexually healthy on campus.”

Making the Grade

This year’s rankings saw a number of significant jumps, the largest coming from New Mexico State University-Main Campus, which rose 51 spots from No. 134 to No. 83. The campus is applauded for making condoms more conveniently available and improving upon the availability of HIV and STD testing information.

Syracuse University continued their impressive climb up the Report Card ranks, achieving the No. 25 spot. This is the third consecutive year the campus has improved their rankings, placing 76(th) in 2009, 53(rd) in 2010 and 49(th) in 2011. The school receives accolades for achieving perfect scores in overall quality of their website and the outstanding sexual assault programs in place.

Other notable jumps include DePaul University, which leaped out of the bottom ten for the first time in four years, coming in at No. 114 from last place in 2011. The newly established sexual health information website was the main factor propelling DePaul out of the bottom ten. They weren’t the only school that escaped the bottom, as Baylor University (from No. 132 to No. 129) overall improved their website quality and have made notable efforts in providing additional information on contraceptives.

Report Card Rivalries

The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card adds a new spark to some of the more heated collegiate rivalries:

  • West coast rivals, University of Southern California and University of California Los Angeles, took their rivalry outside the stadium, with USC taking the win, ranking No. 66, and the Bruins coming in at No. 87.
  • The University of Michigan and Ohio State may be fighting head-to-head for football supremacy, but when it comes to sexual health information on campus, Michigan has the Buckeyes beat, ranking No. 13, compared to Ohio’s No.14 ranking.
  • As for the Ivy Leaguers, Yale University trumped Harvard University for the second year in a row, coming in at No. 6 (No. 14 in 2011) with the Crimson ranking at No. 35 (No. 30 in 2011).

Conference Bragging Rights

The conference rivalry takes its battle to the sexual health arena, with the Ivy Leaguers claiming the conference title for the second year in a row. Coming back with the lead, the Ivy League earned a 3.20 GPA thanks to this year’s second place winner, Brown University, who received a 3.51 GPA, in addition to Columbia’s (3.45 GPA) and Princeton’s (3.42 GPA) placement in the top five.

Right behind the Ivies were the Big Ten, earning a 3.11 GPA for the number two spot for the second year in a row. The Big Ten, which hasn’t lead the conferences since 2010, was weighed down by newcomer, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, who earned a 2.70 GPA in sexual health.

The Big Ten was followed by Pac-12 (2.93), SEC (2.82), ACC (2.75), MAC (2.70), Big 12 (2.64), Conference USA (2.57), Mountain West (2.53), Big East (2.51), WAC (2.34), Sun Belt (2.30) and Independents (1.93).

Rankings & Methodology

The Trojan Sexual Health Report Card is an annual ranking of the sexual health resources and information available to students on campuses nationwide. Independent research firm, Sperling’s BestPlaces, analyzes 141 major campuses drawn from conferences within the Bowl Championship Series and beyond. These schools include students representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Sperling’s BestPlaces researchers collected extensive data via student health center representatives, along with follow-up secondary research on those centers and students on campus. Student health centers were graded on services across 11 separate categories, including the following:

1. Hours of operation
2. Allow drop-ins or require appointments for student scheduling
3. Quality of sexual health information and resources on website
4. Contraceptive availability — free or at cost
5. Condom availability — free or at cost
6. HIV testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
7. STI testing on-site (On/off campus, cost)
8. Lecture/outreach programs and student peer groups for sexual health education
9. Sexual assault programs, resources or services
10. Overall website usability and quality
11. Extra credit

“Schools that did well in this year’s Report Card tended to score uniformly high across all categories, while those ranked towards the bottom were less consistent in category grades,” said Sperling.

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     Complete Trojan Sexual Health Report Card Rankings
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     School Name                                        2012 rank  2011 rank 2010 rank
     University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign                  1         2        64
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     Brown University                                            2         4         5
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     Columbia University in the City of New York                 3         1         1
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     Princeton University                                        4         3         8
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     University of Wisconsin-Madison                             5        11        32
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     Yale University                                             6        14        12
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     University of Arizona                                       7        15        34
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     University of Iowa                                          8         9         6
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     Colorado State University                                   9         7        64
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     Oregon State University                                    10         5        33
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     Rutgers University-New Brunswick                           11        13         9
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     University of Florida                                      12         8        17
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     University of Michigan-Ann Arbor                           13         6         4
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     Ohio State University-Main Campus                          14        34         3
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     The University of Texas At Austin                          15        33        23
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     University of Connecticut                                  16        19        22
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     University of Denver                                       17        31        74
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     University of Louisville                                   18        20        82
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     University of Pittsburgh-Main Campus                       19        27        21
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     Cornell University-Endowed Colleges                        20        17        13
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     The University of Alabama                                  21        38        48
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     University of California-Berkeley                          22        12        54
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     University of South Carolina-Columbia                      23        10        30
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     Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus                  24        36        14
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     Syracuse University                                        25        49        53
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     Tulane University of Louisiana                             26        41        84
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     University of Georgia                                      27        23        47
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     University of Maryland-College Park                        28        32        55
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     West Virginia University                                   29        24        15
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     Ball State University                                      30        16        31
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     Florida Atlantic University-Boca Raton                     31        53        18
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     Northwestern University                                    32        28        63
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     University of Nevada-Las Vegas                             33        45        98
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     Stanford University                                        34        22        37
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     Harvard University                                         35        30        16
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     University of Kentucky                                     36        52        57
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      Louisiana State University A&M and Hebert Law
      Center                                                    37        29        26
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     North Carolina State University At Raleigh                 38        21        71
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     Ohio University-Main Campus                                39        18        73
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     University of Colorado At Boulder                          40        56        75
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     Duke University                                            41        50        29
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     Indiana University-Bloomington                             42        63        39
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     University of Cincinnati-Main Campus                       43        58       112
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     University of North Carolina At Chapel Hill                44        25        36
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     California State University-Fresno                         45        35        85
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     University of Missouri-Columbia                            46        26        58
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     University of Kansas Main Campus                           47        51        25
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     Michigan State University                                  48        39         2
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     University of Oregon                                       49        46         7
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     East Carolina University                                   50        75        79
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     Purdue University-Main Campus                              51        64        19
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     Boise State University                                     52        66        62
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      Indiana University-Purdue University-
      Indianapolis                                              53        72        35
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     University at Buffalo                                      54        57        40
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     University of Minnesota-Twin Cities                        55        68        10
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     Florida International University                           56        76        49
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     University of Pennsylvania                                 57        42        38
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     University of Washington-Seattle Campus                    58        43        50
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     Western Kentucky University                                59        47        67
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     Texas A&M University                                       60        37       110
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     University of Miami                                        61        59        56
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     University of Southern Mississippi                         62        40        60
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     University of Utah                                         63        60       103
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     Kansas State University                                    64        61        28
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     Rice University                                            65        48        24
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     University of Southern California                          66        55        51
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     Western Michigan University                                67        54        11
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     San Jose State University                                  68        44        27
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     Bowling Green State University-Main Campus                 69        80       103
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     University of South Florida                                70        69        87
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     Florida State University                                   71       102        67
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     Arizona State University At the Tempe Campus               72        83        89
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     Dartmouth College                                          73        67        80
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     Kent State University-Main Campus                          74        71        46
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     University of Nebraska At Lincoln                          75        84        78
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     University of Nevada-Reno                                  76        62        83
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     Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus                77        94        69
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     Middle Tennessee State University                          78        97        52
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     Mississippi State University                               79       117        44
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     University of Idaho                                        80        99       141
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     Northern Illinois University                               81        98        59
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     University of Central Florida                              82        91        94
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     New Mexico State University-Main Campus                    83       134        97
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     University of Arkansas Main Campus                         84        70        99
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     University of Oklahoma Norman Campus                       85        65        70
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     University of Virginia-Main Campus                         86        74        42
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     University of California-Los Angeles                       87        85        92
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     University of Toledo                                       88        78        90
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     University of Tulsa                                        89        79        91
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      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
      University                                                90        88        41
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     Auburn University Main Campus                              91       120       136
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     Marshall University                                        92       106       138
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     University of New Mexico-Main Campus                       93        73        72
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     Washington State University                                94        77        43
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     Georgetown University                                      95       103       120
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     Miami University-Oxford                                    96       107        61
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     The University of Texas-Pan American                       97       112        86
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     Iowa State University                                      98        81       100
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     University of Arkansas At Little Rock                      99        87        88
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     Utah State University                                     100       101       125
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     Wake Forest University                                    101        96       114
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     Clemson University                                        102        86       131
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     Eastern Michigan University                               103       124        81
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     Oklahoma State University-Main Campus                     104       123       119
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     San Diego State University                                105        82       102
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     Vanderbilt University                                     106        95        66
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     The University of Alabama at Birmingham                   107       128       135
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     University of Akron Main Campus                           108       121       105
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     University of Hawaii At Manoa                             109        90       108
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     University of Memphis                                     110        92       115
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     Central Michigan University                               111        89        45
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     Villanova University                                      112        93        76
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     Texas Christian University                                113       116       121
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     DePaul University                                         114       141       139
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     University of Mississippi Main Campus                     115       100        95
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     Boston College                                            116       122       109
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     Marquette University                                      117       105       107
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     University of Houston-University Park                     118       104       101
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     Texas Tech University                                     119       114       122
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     The University of Texas At El Paso                        120       127       116
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     The University of Tennessee                               121       115       117
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     Southern Methodist University                             122       113       106
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     University of North Texas                                 123       110        77
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     University of Wyoming                                     124       111        93
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     University of Louisiana At Monroe                         125       108        20
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     Arkansas State University-Main Campus                     126       130       128
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     University of Notre Dame                                  127       129       132
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     University of South Alabama                               128       109       111
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     Baylor University                                         129       132       123
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     University of Louisiana At Lafayette                      130       126       134
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     Utah Valley University                                    131       118       113
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     Seton Hall University                                     132       137       124
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     Savannah State University                                 133       119       118
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     Louisiana Tech University                                 134       131       133
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     St. John's University-New York                            135       133       129
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     University of New Orleans                                 136       125       127
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     Chicago State University                                  137       138       137
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     Troy State University-Main Campus                         138       136       130
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     Providence College                                        139       135       126
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     Brigham Young University                                  140       140       140
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     U.S. Air Force Academy                                    141       139        96
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