LaGrange College rated top 10 and ‘best value’
Sept. 10, 2013
For the 10th straight year LaGrange College has been rated among the top 10 colleges
in its class in annual rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
Categorized among 100 Regional Colleges in the South, LaGrange also placed fifth
on the magazine’s list of “best values,” schools described by the publication as
“great schools at great prices.” The college was 10th in the overall ratings—the
only Georgia school among the top 10.
“It is gratifying to see the LaGrange College experience classified as among the
best,” said college President Dan McAlexander. “Our innovative Servant Scholars
program, travel vouchers for students to experience study abroad, and our graduates’
career and graduate-school successes have helped the college’s reputation to rise.
“Of course, college rankings cause no small amount of debate in higher education
circles. Still, we’re pleased for the transformative LaGrange experience to receive
recognition. And it seems that more and more future students are noticing.”
The college announced last week that it had enrolled a record number of new students,
including freshmen, transfers and graduate students.
The Best Value rankings use a calculation that takes into account a school’s academic
quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level
of need-based financial aid. According to the magazine, “the higher the quality
of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”
Joseph Miller, LaGrange College’s dean of Enrollment Management, said the institution
serves a variety of students, high achievers in search of academic scholarships
and students with high financial need, and they often are surprised by the financial
aid packages awarded by the college.
“Often, they find that we’re as affordable, or sometimes even more so, than a
public state university,” he said. “Since we can bring federal and state aid—including
HOPE—together with institutional grants and scholarships, families discover that
the quality of the educational experience here can be surprisingly affordable.”