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Reinhardt University advances again in U.S. News & World Report ranking

By Erika Neldner

Reinhardt University earned 28th place in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges in the South, continuing its rise in rankings by reputable national organizations. With this new ranking, Reinhardt has moved up 26 spots over the past two years.

“Rankings are part of credibility of a university, and the fact that Reinhardt University moved up a spot over the last year and 26 places from the 2016 ranking shows our commitment to always remain a high quality university,” said University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard. “The dedication of our faculty and staff is paramount to our continued success and commitment to our students.”

Reinhardt’s peer assessment improved from 2.7 to 2.8. That ranking captures the opinions of those in a position to judge a school's undergraduate academic excellence and weighs 22.5 percent in the overall score. It is based on a survey sent to presidents, provosts and directors of admissions at peer institutions in spring 2016 and spring 2017.

Reinhardt’s exceptionally strong student to faculty ratio of 12-to-1 and average class sizes of 13 were key factors in its ranking in the top 25 percent of 110 institutions in the South.

“Our trend upward in the rankings is further proof of our commitment to helping each Reinhardt student thrive,” said Reinhardt Provost Dr. Mark Roberts. “Our learning community is devoted to educating the whole person.  This devotion in action translates into positive experiences for our students and respect from our peers.”

Overall, the U.S. News and World Report rankings analyzed seven different components: graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), assessment of excellence (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (difference between predicted and actual, 7.5 percent) and alumni giving rate (5 percent). 

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