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Flagler College fourth in U.S. News’ Best Regional Colleges in South

Sep 11, 2019

Flagler College was ranked fourth in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges guide for the Best Regional Colleges in the South. Flagler also secured a seventh best ranking on the Best Value list in the South regional category, the number two spot for Most Innovative, and for Best Undergraduate Teaching tied for fourth with LaGrange College for colleges in the South.

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The Best Value list recognizes schools for offering high-quality programs at an affordable cost. The Undergraduate Teaching list was compiled by nominations from college administrators asked about schools where faculty had “an unusually strong commitment” to undergraduate teaching. Most Innovative schools were chosen based on those who made or were continuing to make creative improvements to all areas of campus from curriculum to campus life.

“It’s an honor and extremely rewarding to be recognized again this year in U.S. News’ rankings, as it is one of the most respected and widely-circulated rankings of colleges and universities in the country,” said College President Dr. Joseph G. Joyner. “We’re proud that we have also made it again on to the Best Value Schools in the South, as well as the top schools for Undergraduate Teaching and Most Innovative Schools in the South lists. These all speak to the level of excellence we are trying to achieve, and the hard work exhibited by our faculty and staff.”

Other schools in the Top 10 Best Regional Colleges in the South category include University of the Ozarks, Catawba College, Barton College, Erskine College and Claflin University, among others.

U.S. News defines regional colleges as those focusing on undergraduate education, but granting fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Academic quality is measured by gathering data in a number of categories: assessment by administrators at peer institutions, 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 after calculating weighted scores for each school.

There were 124 colleges and universities included in the colleges of the South rankings.

In August, Flagler College was also named one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 385 Colleges” guide. The college has been a fixture in that guide since 2003.

The U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” guidebook will be available in stores on Oct. 15. For more information, visit here:

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