Mountain State University of Beckley was ranked 23rd in the nation by a Washington Monthly report as a college "Dropout Factory."

The title emerged after U.S. Department of Education released statistics unveiling a 13-percent graduation rate at the Beckley school.

West Virginia, according to a recent study, has among the worst graduation rates in the nation with students who enter college but drop-out prior to graduation.

School officials told Beckley newspapers there is no need to panic, indicating the numbers are skewed by non-traditional adult students.

"These traditional measures of graduation rates are most often collected and reported based on the first-time, full-time student. MSU's students for the most part are working adults who are earning their degree part-time while continuing their employment, raising families, etc.," the school's press release said.

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