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Catawba College Ranked 17th among Best Regional Colleges in the South

September 12, 2012

Category: Academics

U.S. News & World ReportAgain this year, Catawba College is included among the nation's Best Regional Colleges, according to the 2013 edition of "Best Colleges," published by U.S.News & World Report and released today.   Catawba is ranked 17th among 107 of these Best Regional Colleges in the South.

In total, 370 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   A total of 1,391 colleges from all geographic areas are ranked in this publication.

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 or academic reputation, 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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