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Flagler 6th on U.S. News Southern colleges list; included in Princeton Review

Oct 1, 2015

By Bobbie Stewart 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 third 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.”

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.

Flagler College was also named a top college in The Princeton Review’s latest college guidebook, “The Best 380 Colleges.” The 2016 edition was released on Aug. 4.

“Every college in our book has outstanding academics,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher.  “While our purpose is not to crown one college academically ‘best’ overall or to rank the schools 1 to 380 on any single topic, our lists provide direct student feedback on the schools’ campus culture, program offerings and cost.”

Franek said selections are based on surveys of 136,000 students at the 380 colleges, as well as surveys of administrators, observations from their school visits, as well as opinions of their staff and 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.

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