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Birmingham-Southern College featured in 'Fiske 2018 ‘Guide to Colleges'

Birmingham-Southern College featured in 'Fiske 2018 ‘Guide to Colleges'

For Immediate Release
Jul. 13, 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Birmingham-Southern College was highlighted as one of the nation’s top schools 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.

The annual report compiles data on more than 300 schools from the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. It has been a source of crucial information for students, parents, and guidance counselors for more than 30 years. BSC is the only private institution in Alabama included this year.

“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.”

“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.

“Birmingham-Southern College 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.