U.S. News America's Best Colleges, 2001 Rankings

Contact:  Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

Centenary Again No. 1 "Best Value" Among South's Regional Universities in U.S. News "America's Best Colleges" Survey

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Where will you get the most for your money?  Among Southern colleges and universities, that's at Centenary College, according to U.S. News & World Report, which once again ranks Centenary in the No. 1 spot among the Top 15 in the region. 

The magazine released its annual Best Colleges survey today (Friday, Sept. 1) on its web site.  The announcement marked the third time that Centenary has been ranked first or second in the Best Value regional rankings.  Centenary was listed at No. 2 last year (1999-2000) and No. 1 the previous year (1998-99).

U.S. News noted that it measures value by relating a school's quality ranking with the net cost to a student who receives the average level of financial aid.

In addition, for the 11th consecutive year, U.S. News recognized Centenary's commitment to excellence by ranking it in a separate listing of top colleges and universities in the South.  This year, Centenary is ranked No. 12 among institutions identified as the South's "Best Regional Universities." 

Centenary is listed among the Top 31 Southern universities, based on 16 measures of excellence, in the magazine's Sept 11, 2000 issue and in the  2001 edition of the U.S. News guidebook,  America's Best Colleges.   Both are available on newsstands Sept. 4.  

To  determine rankings, U.S. News looks at colleges' academic reputation, retention rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving.

Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab said the continued national recognition underscores Centenary's reputation for excellence, an outstanding faculty and staff, and a student-centered environment.  "Once again, we are pleased that a national audience will be reminded that Centenary College of Louisiana continues to be an outstanding educational institution that encourages leadership and an education for a lifetime," he said.

Founded in 1825 and the nation's oldest private college west of the Mississippi River, Centenary is a selective liberal arts college that encourages leadership, citizenship and community service.  The college offers 44 majors in its Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities divisions.  

Other Louisiana schools named to the regional list were Loyola University in seventh place and Xavier University of Louisiana in 18th place.  Both are located in New Orleans. In the Best Value ranking, Loyola was listed at No. 12.

The following are schools named "Best Values: Regional Universities:  South" by U.S. News:
2.  University of Richmond (VA)
3.  Converse College (SC)
4.  Rollins College (FL)
5.  Stetson University (FL)
6.  Murray State University (KY)
7.  Samford University (AL)
8.  Queens College (NC)
8.  Spring Hill College (AL)
10. Harding University (AR)
11. East Carolina University (NC)
12. Loyola University New Orleans
13. Mercer University (GA)
14. James Madison University (VA)
15. Appalachian State University (NC)

The "Southern Universities, Top Schools," list follows.
      1. University of Richmond (VA)
      2. James Madison University (VA)
      2. Rollins College (FL)
      4. Stetson University (FL)
      5. Samford University (AL)
      6. Mary Washington College (VA)
      7. The Citadel (SC)
      7. Loyola University New Orleans
      9. Mercer University (GA)
      10. Appalachian State University (NC)
      11. Elon College (NC)
      12. Converse College (SC)
      12. Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)
      15. College of Charleston (SC)
      15. Spring Hill College (AL)
      17. Meredith College (NC)
      18. Belmont University (TN)
      18. Xavier University of Louisiana
      20. Harding University (AR)
      20. Mississippi College
      20. Murray State University (KY)
      20. University of North Carolina - Charlotte
      24. Hampton University (VA)
      25. Embry Riddle Aeronautical (FL)
      25. University of North Carolina - Wilmington
      27. Bellarmine College (KY)
      27. Christian Brothers University (TN)
      27. East Carolina University (NC)
      27. Winthrop University (SC)
      31. Queens College (NC)

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