September 13, 2011
Flagler College ranked 10th in the south for Best Regional Colleges in U.S. News and World Report's new 2012 edition of "Best Colleges." The widely-used college guide includes rankings on more than 1,600 schools nationwide.
The guidebook will be available on newsstands Sept. 20.
"I am very pleased with our ranking by U.S. News and World Report," said Dr. William T. Abare, Jr., president of Flagler College. "It is a significant achievement for Flagler to be ranked among the top regional colleges in the south by this prestigious national publication."
The Best Regional Colleges category includes schools whose focus is almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and who offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts, as well as fields such as business, nursing and education. The 371 colleges in the category draw heavily from nearby states and are divided into four regions.
The Best Colleges guide compares the quality of schools based on "indicators of excellence" such as freshman retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty. Colleges and universities are sorted into categories that the publication bases on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
In August, Flagler was also included in the Princeton Review's annual college guide, "Best 376 Colleges – 2012 Edition."