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

September 10, 2013

Averett University has moved into the top 25 in the college rankings just released by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2014 edition of Best Colleges, Averett moved up four slots and is ranked 23rd among Regional Colleges in the South, up four slots from last year when it was ranked 27th. In addition, Averett is the highest-ranking Virginia school among the 74 top tier schools listed as Regional Colleges. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, schools in this category "are focused almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts."

"We are so excited to learn that Averett is now ranked among the top 25 Best Regional Colleges in the South," said Stacy Gato, vice president for enrollment management. "It's a testament to the hard work of our faculty and staff that in just four years we have moved from not being ranked at all to being ranked 23rd. This is the fifth such recognition from a third party reviewer the University has received in the last two months, and we are thrilled."

Since 1983, 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, and will be published in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Colleges Guide on newsstands September 24.

The 2014 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,376 accredited four-year schools 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 (22.5 percent), graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), alumni giving (5 percent) and graduation rate performance (7.5 percent).