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Averett Ranked a Top Tier Regional College by U.S. News & World Report

September 13, 2011

Averett University earned the 34th spot among Regional Colleges (South) in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. Averett is the highest-ranked Virginia school among the 99 Southern schools listed as Regional Colleges. Schools in the category "are focused almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts," according to U.S. News & World Report. Regional colleges grant more than half of their bachelor's degrees in fields like business, nursing and education.

"Averett's ranking among America's Best Colleges 2012 is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the impact of the focus and energy that our faculty, staff and leadership have dedicated to growing our University and bringing to life the big dreams and bold futures of our students," said Dr. Tiffany M. Franks, Averett's president.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The rankings are available at US News and will be published in the U.S. News & World Report 2012 Best Colleges Guide, on newsstands Sept. 20.

The 2012 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

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