College again named top 10, 'best value' by U.S.News

Sept. 13, 2011

LAGRANGE, Ga.— For the eighth consecutive year, U.S.News & World Report has named LaGrange College a top 10 best college and, for the 12th year, a “best value” in its annual evaluation of American colleges and universities.

In rankings released today, the college climbed one position from last year, placing sixth overall in the magazine’s listing of the South’s “Best Regional Colleges” and was singled out as one of 10 “great schools at a great price” in the 99-school category that stretches over 12 states. It was the highest ranked Georgia school on the top-10 list, and the only Georgia school included on the “best value” list.

“It is always rewarding when the national media recognizes the work we do here to give our students a truly transformational education,” LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander said.

Of particular significance is the institution’s continued designation by U.S.News as a best value.

“Year after year, U.S.News acknowledges the value of the life-changing experience offered here,” McAlexander said. “Everyone on this campus is united in our goal of helping students discover the best in themselves – challenging their minds, inspiring their souls and transforming their lives.”

One of the criteria used by the magazine in choosing its top schools is peer assessment.

“This year, our assessment went up,” said Will Jones, Vice President for Advancement. “We suspect that is because of our new Study Away commitment that pledges financial help to every student who wants to travel abroad during Jan Term. We also unveiled a new marketing campaign that is raising our profile even more.”

For its selection of top colleges, the magazine looks at a number of factors beyond peer assessment, including graduation and retention rates, student-faculty ratio and SAT/ACT scores. In conferring the best value designation, the publication uses a formula that relates a school’s academic quality to its cost of attendance.





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