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University Ranked in Top Tier by U.S. News & World Report


September 17, 2012



Averett University has moved up seven slots in the college rankings just released by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2013 edition of Best Colleges, Averett was ranked 27th among Regional Colleges (South), up from last year when it was ranked 34th. Averett is the highest-ranking Virginia school among the 79 top tier schools listed as Regional Colleges. According to U.S. News & World Report, schools in this category "are focused almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts." Regional Colleges grant more than half of their bachelor's degrees in fields like business, nursing and education.

"We are very excited about our new ranking in the 2013 Best Colleges Guide," said Dr. Stuart Jones, Averett's vice president for enrollment management. "This ranking is a well-deserved acknowledgement of the focus and energy that our faculty, staff and leadership have made to our students' big dreams, and comes on the heels of our third consecutive year of record enrollment for new students."

For 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 www.usnews.com/colleges, and will be published in the U.S. News & World Report 2013 Best Colleges Guide on newsstands September 18.

The 2013 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year school compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. The key measures of quality determined in the rankings are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.