Lynchburg College continues to offer one of the best values on higher education in the nation, according to two national rankings released this week.
U.S. News & World Report launched its 2018 college rankings today. In addition to recognizing Lynchburg among the top 40 regional universities in the South (out of 142 institutions in that category), the publication named Lynchburg as a “Best Value” university. The College ranked #24 on the list “Best Colleges for Veterans” and #29 among “Best Value Schools” in the region.
U.S. News bases its rankings on a variety of measures, including graduation rates, class sizes, and alumni giving. With a 10/1 student/faculty ratio and more than 60 percent of its classes having fewer than 20 students, Lynchburg stood out for its student-centered classrooms. Read the full U.S. News profile of Lynchburg College here.
Meanwhile, College Factual released its rankings, in partnership with USA Today, on Monday. Lynchburg ranked above average in categories such as Top Quality and Best Colleges for the Money in the Southeast. It also earned high marks for being a best value for several specific academic categories, including:
- Biology and Biomedical Science
- Business Administration and Management
- Communication and Media Studies
The College Factual rankings also highlight Lynchburg’s focus on academic programs including political science and government, economics, criminology, international relations, public health, English, teacher education, communication and journalism, and biology and biomedical sciences. College Factual highlights colleges that have high concentrations of students in specific academic areas, hinting that those institutions are great places to study in those areas.
“We are pleased that two national publications have highlighted the excellence of the education available at Lynchburg College,” said President Kenneth R. Garren. “College rankings are just one way that we benchmark ourselves against other institutions and track our continual improvement. They also help prospective students learn more about a variety of colleges and universities. But they form an incomplete picture, so we encourage those looking for a university that offers a student-centered culture and great value to visit Lynchburg and learn more in person.”
Lynchburg College will adopt the name University of Lynchburg in 2018, consistent with its breadth of academic programs, at the undergraduate and graduate level. Lynchburg offers about 40 majors, 16 master’s degrees, and three doctoral programs. As one of only 40 institutions featured in the book Colleges that Change Lives, it features a community dedicated to helping all students develop their potential.