U.S. News college rankings: Two Alabama schools tops for veterans

U.S. News college rankings: Two Alabama schools tops for veterans

U.S. News & World Report has released its 2018 college rankings, and two Alabama institutions lead their divisions as top picks for veterans.

The publication provides an annual ranking that compares more than 1,800 U.S. schools in a variety of categories, including academics, cost and other factors. In the newly published 2018 rankings, Princeton University takes the overall No. 1 spot for the seventh year in a row.

One finding among Alabama schools is that Samford University in Birmingham ranks first among regional universities in the South in the “best colleges for veterans” category, while the University of Mobile ranks first for veterans among regional colleges in the South. (The distinction is that regional universities offer “a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs but few doctoral programs,” while regional colleges “focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.”)

U.S. News defines the veterans category as “the top-ranked schools … that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.”

Officials at the University of Mobile, which also came in at No. 5 among regional colleges in the South, celebrated the news as part of an ongoing surge. “The new rankings are a continuation of University of Mobile’s dramatic rise in the national Best Colleges listing, after the Christian university broke into the top 10 last year,” said a UM statement released Tuesday. “Over the past two years, UM has moved up 20 spots among regional colleges in the South for veterans, and risen a total of 18 spots among regional colleges in the South overall.”

The change might also have reflected a change in methodology. U.S. News said it had adjusted its ratings “to more accurately capture the schools that serve veterans and active service members in making college more affordable. New this year, a school must have enrolled a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members in the 2016-17 academic year to qualify for the rankings.”

“These new rankings are a reflection of our ability to fulfill the mission of University of Mobile to offer an intellectually challenging, Christ-centered academic community where students can be prepared to fulfill their professional calling,” said UM President Timothy L. Smith.

Below are select listings showing how Alabama schools fared in the 2018 rankings.

National Universities (out of 311)

  • 103: Auburn University. Also No. 62 for veterans, No. 130 for best value.
  • 110: University of Alabama. Also No. 68 for veterans, No. 76 for best value
  • 159: University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • 216: University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Regional Universities in the South (out of 149)

  • 3: Samford University. Also No. 1 for veterans, 5 for most innovative, 22 for best value.
  • 27: Tuskegee University
  • 38: University of Montevallo
  • 85: University of North Alabama
  • 89: (tie) Jacksonville State University and Troy University
  • 95: Auburn University at Montgomery
  • 106: (tie) Amridge University (Montgomery) and Faulkner University (Montgomery)

Regional colleges in the South (out of 110)

  • 5: University of Mobile. (Also No. 1 for veterans, No. 23 for best value)
  • 13: Huntingdon College (Montgomery)
  • 28: Oakwood University (Huntsville)

National liberal arts colleges (out of 223)

  • 123: Birmingham-Southern College

Rankings were not published for other Alabama institutions. Full searchable rankings can be found at the U.S. News & World Report website.

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Published at Tue, 12 Sep 2017 20:13:03 +0000