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Catawba College Continues Top 10 Ranking in U.S. News & World Reports’ Best Colleges

September 16, 2020

Category: Academics, Catawba Impact, Students

co-hedrick.pngCatawba College continues to be ranked among the Top 10 Best Colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Reports. The 2021 national rankings were announced Monday in the magazine’s new edition of “Best Colleges.”  Catawba is tied for #7 with Erskine College in the 2021 rankings after being ranked #8 last year. This is the fifth straight year that the College has received a Top 10 ranking. 

Catawba also received regional rankings as follows: 

  • #22 for Best Value Ranking
  • #2 for Best College for Veterans
  • #18 for Top Performer in Social Mobility 

Catawba was among just under 1,400 institutions that were ranked by U.S. News & World Reports

“We are very proud to be recognized once again as one of the best institutions of our kind,” said Dr. David Nelson, President of Catawba.  “This ranking is evidence of the excellence of the learning community that is Catawba College.”

In the magazine’s Regional Colleges category, institutions are ranked according to geographic region: North, South, Midwest, and West. Schools in this category focus on the undergraduate experience and offer a range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than half of the bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing and education.

U.S. News rankings for 2021 are based on key measures of quality, all of which are weighted. These measures include outcomes (40%) social mobility (5%), graduation and retention (22%) and graduation rate performance (8%); faculty resources (20%); expert opinion (20%); financial resources (10%); student excellence (7%); alumni giving (3%); and new this year, student indebtedness (5%). 

This marks the 36th year of the rankings.

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