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July 13, 2017

Birmingham-Southern College ranked a “best buy” in 2018 Fiske Guide

BIRMINGHAM, Ala--Birmingham-Southern is one of just 18 private colleges listed as a “best buy” in the 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Fiske LogoThe guide, created by former New York Times education editor Edward Fiske and released July 11, highlights BSC as “a good choice for students who want to spend four years preparing, maturing, and challenging their minds so they can make a difference in the world.” The college has been included in the publication consistently for more than 15 years.

“Students at Birmingham-Southern continue to focus on academics while balancing community service and an active social scene,” the guide writes. “Small classes, a caring faculty, and an expanding menu of academic offerings continue to draw attention to this close-knit liberal arts school.”

Covering schools in the U.S., Canada and the U.K, the 2018 Fiske Best Buy list includes fewer than 40 public and private colleges and universities.

“Our liberal arts education provides a great foundation for a world with many complex problems, and it comes at an affordable price,” said BSC President Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith. “Our students excel in critical thinking, serving learning, research, and working as part of collaborative teams. Employers value highly the importance of liberal education and the liberal arts, and we are grateful that the Fiske Guide does as well.”

Fiske said BSC is remaining innovative; indeed, the school is launching several new programs this fall, including a ground-breaking major in Creative and Applied Computing and distinctions in poverty studies and public health.

“Once an old-school conservative institution, BSC is now striving to prepare students for all aspects of the modern world with high-tech facilities and a more global curriculum,” the guide writes. It also praises the college for its generous scholarship support, affordable tuition, and attentive faculty.

Students quoted in the Fiske Guide offer a variety of perspectives on the BSC experience, including getting a personalized education with professors who “love to challenge our beliefs and ideas by making us defend what we think.”

About Birmingham-Southern College:
Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,300 students from more than 30 states and 15 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.