Rollins Ranked #1 in the South by U.S. News & World Report

September 12, 2012


1. Rollins College

2. Elon University

3. Stetson University

4. Samford University

5. The Citadel

6. James Madison University

7. Belmont University

7. Mercer University

9. Loyola University New Orleans

10. Appalachian State University

Rollins College ranks number one among 128 regional universities in the South in the annual rankings of “Best Colleges,” released today by U.S. News & World Report. This is the eighth consecutive year that Rollins has been named to the top spot in this category, which is comprised of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs. For 10 consecutive years prior, Rollins had been ranked second among regional universities in the South and first in Florida. Rollins has been included among the top regional universities since the ranking of the nation’s top schools began in 1987.

Rollins was also ranked second in the South in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category for offering the best value, which relates academic quality with the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. In the category of “A Strong Commitment to Teaching,” Rollins ranked fifth in the South for its unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.

“We are gratified to receive this recognition regarding the quality of the Rollins educational experience,” said Rollins President Lewis Duncan. “Even during these challenging times for higher education, the College continues to progress rapidly in fulfilling its mission of educating for global citizenship and responsible leadership.”

The “best college” rankings are based on surveys of college officials, combined with data provided by institutions, including student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources, graduation and retention rates, and alumni giving. Learn more about how U.S. News & World Report calculates the rankings.

Highlights of the college rankings are available online at A newsstand version of The Best Colleges 2013 guidebook will be in stores on September 18 and is available at the U.S. News Store.

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