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Flagler ranks 6th in U.S. News’ Best Regional Colleges in the South

September 9, 2015 8:51 AM

Flagler College ranked 6th in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the South category, moving up from last year’s 8th spot. The 2016 edition also ranked Flagler College 7th in the Best Value Schools category.

This is the second year Flagler has ranked in the top 10 in the college guide.

Other schools in the top 10 include High Point University in North Carolina, Florida Southern College and John Brown University in Arkansas. There were more than 70 colleges and universities included in the first tier of the South rankings.

“We were thrilled to learn that Flagler College moved up two spots among the top regional colleges in the South, as well as made the list of Best Value Colleges,” said Flagler President William T. Abare, Jr. “This is directly attributable to our focus on academic excellence while providing exceptional value for our students. It is also an indication of the strength of our academic programs, the caliber of our students, the talent of our faculty, and the dedication and commitment of our staff.”

U.S. News defines regional colleges as focusing on the undergraduate experience and offering a broad range of programs in the liberal arts in fields such as business, nursing and education. U.S. News measures academic quality by gathering data in a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions and high school guidance counselors, how well schools perform at retaining and graduating students, the quality of and investment in the faculty, student selectivity, financial resources and the state of alumni giving. A rank is arrived at after calculating weighted scores for each school.

For the “best value” ranking, U.S News takes into account a school’s academic quality and the 2014-2015 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.

In August, Flagler was also named a top college in The Princeton Review's 2016 edition of “The Best 380 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are included, and Flagler has made it into the book since 2003.

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