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Catawba College Ranked 14th among Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South

August 20, 2009

Category: Academics

US NewsCatawba College is one of the nation's best baccalaureate colleges according to the 2010 edition of "America's Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report. These 319 baccalaureate colleges are ranked according to geographic region (North, South, Midwest, West) with Catawba ranked 14th among 102 of these colleges in the South. Catawba moved up in this ranking category from 17th in 2009.

Highlights of these rankings are published in the magazine available this month on newsstands and available online at

In recent years, Catawba has inched up in the U.S. News rankings from 25th in 2006, to 23rd in 2007, and to 16th in 2008. Catawba's category in 2006 and 2007, formerly titled "Comprehensive Colleges – Bachelor's," was renamed "Baccalaureate Colleges" in 2008 by U.S. News "to better clarify the broad educational mission of these schools," according to the publication.

According to U.S. News, baccalaureate colleges "focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines."

Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S.News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of up to 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from 1,400-plus accredited colleges and universities. Institutions of higher education which are included in the publication receive an overall performance score and a series of subscores. They are assessed by their peer institutions, and ranked according to retention (six-year graduation rate and freshman retention rate), the percentage of classes under 20 and the percentage of classes of 50 or more, the student to faculty ratio, the percentage of faculty who are full time, their students' SAT/ACT scores, the number of freshmen in the top 10% of their high school class, acceptance rates, the average per spending per student (on research, student services, and related educational expenditures), and according to the average percentage of living alumni who gave to their school during recent academic years.

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