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Catawba College Ranked 16th among Best Regional Colleges in the South

September 13, 2011

Category: Academics

Best CollegesCatawba College continues to be ranked as one of the nation's Best Regional Colleges, according to the 2012 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report and released September 13. Catawba ranked 16th among 99 of these Best Regional Colleges in the South.

In total, 371 colleges are ranked as "Best Regional Colleges" according to geographic region (North, South, Midwest, and West). Highlights of these rankings are published in the magazine available this month on newsstands and available online at

In recent years, Catawba has consistently placed in the U.S. News rankings. According to U.S. News, Regional Colleges "focus almost entirely on undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of all bachelor's degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing, and education." Most of the Regional Colleges draw heavily from nearby states and grant few graduate degrees.

The U.S. News rankings for Regional Universities and Regional Colleges are based on several key measures of quality with 25% weight given to peer assessment, 25% to graduation and retention rates, 20% to faculty resources, 15% to student selectivity, 10% to financial resources, and 5% to alumni giving.

The weekly national news magazine U.S.News & World Report has been widely recognized for its annual "Best Colleges" edition. Founded in 1933, U.S.News & World Report is devoted to reporting and analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends.


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