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Birmingham-Southern College again earns high marks in 'U.S. News' rankings

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-For the eighth straight year, Birmingham-Southern College is one of America's top liberal arts colleges in the annual "U.S. News & World Report" rankings released on the magazine's Web site today.

The 2002 edition of the magazine's "America's Best Colleges" publication again includes Birmingham-Southern in Tier II of the Liberal Arts Colleges-Bachelor's category, the top category a liberal arts institution can attain.

The college also was recognized in the publication for its campus diversity and percentage of students in Greek organizations.

Birmingham-Southern was recognized by "U.S. News & World Report" as the No. 1 Regional Liberal Arts College in the South Region in 1987, the third year the rankings were published. The following year, the college's classification used to compile the rankings was upgraded from Regional Liberal Arts College to Liberal Arts College-Bachelor's. Since then, the college's ranking has improved from Tier IV of this category to its current Tier II ranking, which initially was achieved in 1995.

Colleges in the Liberal Arts Colleges-Bachelor's category emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

According to the 2002 edition of "America's Best Colleges," the weekly news magazine builds upon a classification system maintained by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to group schools by missions as National Universities-Doctoral, Liberal Arts Colleges-Bachelor's, Universities-Master's, and Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's.

Colleges are ranked within each category based on a number of indicators in the areas of academic reputation, retention and graduation of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

The complete 2002 "U.S. News" rankings are available online at http://www.usnews.com. The printed version of the special annual rankings publication hits newsstands Monday, Sept. 10.

"While we are proud of our continued high ranking by 'U.S. News,' we are equally proud of the many other national recognitions the college receives for its academic programs, community involvement, technology use, student engagement, worship opportunities, and other efforts," said Birmingham-Southern president Dr. Neal R. Berte.

Birmingham-Southern, a four-year, private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, also is recognized nationally as one of 100 Best Values in Private Colleges by "Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine," as one of the 100 schools nationwide on The John Templeton Foundation's Honor Roll of Character-Building Colleges, and as one of America's 100 Most Wired Colleges and Universities by "Yahoo! Internet Life" magazine..

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