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FULTON - A college review journal ranked William Woods University 29th on the top 50 best small colleges list.

Best College Reviews is an independent college review journal with the goal of providing students with guidance in their college decisions. 

Tiffany Smith, the director of content and publicity, said the university couldn't be more excited.

"Though I have to say we're not surprised," Smith said. 

The journal took data from the National Center for Education Statistics. It looked for colleges with small student to faculty ratios, high graduation and retention rates and low tuition. 

Smith said 2,500 students attend William Woods and for every 11 students, there is one professor. The university retention rate is 75 percent and all of the students receive financial aid. 

Hanah Cronin is a sophomore at William Woods University. 

"It makes it feel a lot more homey in the classroom because your professor isn’t looking at you as a number, he’s actually looking at you as a student," Cronin said.

Conor Cable is a senior at the university. 

"Instead of big schools where they might be reluctant to talk to you, you can like have a whole conversation with staff kind of thing and actually get to know them more as a friend than just a teacher,” Cable said. 

A press release from the university said for the past seven years, U.S. News has ranked William Woods University as one of the top 100 regional universities in the Midwest.