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September 13, 2002

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

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

The 2003 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 magazine also ranked Birmingham-Southern high in several other categories. Among all institutions of higher learning, the college ranked No. 28 in percentage of students who study abroad. Among other national liberal arts colleges, Birmingham-Southern ranked No. 42 for its high graduation rate of 79 percent and No. 27 for graduates who leave college with the least amount of debt. The magazine also recognized Birmingham-Southern for its campus diversity.

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.

"U.S. News" 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.

The magazine ranks the colleges within each category based on a number of indicators in the areas of peer assessment of academic reputation, retention and graduation of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance.

Birmingham-Southern is a four-year, private liberal arts college founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


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