Article Published: Sep. 12, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 12, 2013
Affordability, a focus on undergraduate instruction and programs that support student success are among the attributes that have once again garnered Appalachian State University top spots in the U.S. News and World Report 2014 America’s Best Colleges Guide.
Appalachian retained its third-place ranking among top regional public universities in the South and tied with Loyola University for ninth place among best public and private universities in the South. The university has placed among the top 15 public and private Southern universities since the rankings were first published in 1986.
The U.S. News and World Report rankings are based on graduation rates, freshman retention rates, class size, SAT/ACT scores and peer assessment.
Other institutions included in the magazine’s list of top public regional universities are:
1. The Citadel
2. James Madison University
3. Appalachian State University
4. College of Charleston
5. University of Mary Washington
6. University of North Carolina Wilmington
7. Christopher Newport University
8. Murray State University (tie)
8 Winthrop University (tie)
10. Georgia College and State University
11. Western Kentucky University
12. Longwood University
13. Radford University (tie)
13. Tennessee Technological University (tie)
115. University of Montevallo