St. Ambrose University has received some high marks in two national rankings that declare the Davenport school among the best regional universities in the Midwest.

The university reported today that two publications, U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review, have issued favorable reports on the Davenport campus.

St. Ambrose received a 30th-place ranking from U.S. News & World Report, an improvement of 10 spots over last year in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities, Midwest. The region includes 12 states.

And this is the ninth year in a row that St. Ambrose has been chosen by the Princeton Review as one of 155 institutions of higher education to receive a Best in the Midwest designation. The university says those institutions represent about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges.

Officials said student opinion data, used in the survey for the ranking, alluded to St Ambrose's small class sizes as well as accessible and caring professors.