Flagler College ranks 11th in the South for Best Regional Colleges according to U.S. News and World Report's new 2013 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. 18.
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 370 colleges in the category draw heavily from nearby states and are divided into four regions.
Flagler was also named an "A-Plus School for B Students" based on its proportion of accepted students who had B-level grades but were admitted based on "spirit and hard work," according to the U.S. News and World Report.
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 377 Colleges – 2013 Edition."