Florida Southern ranked among top five Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report
LAKELAND, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2007) — Florida Southern College jumped to 5th-place position among the nation’s Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South in the college rankings published today by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first time in the history of the rankings that Florida Southern has ranked in the top five. The College also moved up to 4th place in the magazine’s “Best Value” category.
For its Best Baccalaureate Colleges rankings, U. S. News & World Report rates institutions in the areas of student quality, graduation and retention rates, faculty quality, class size, and alumni giving, among other criteria. The publication defines baccalaureate institutions as those that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, education, and nursing.
U.S. News determines its Best Value ranking using a formula that relates a school's academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the value.
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