Once again, U.S. News and World Report ranks Birmingham-Southern College in the top tier of liberal arts colleges in the United States.
In the publication’s 2017 Best Colleges rankings, released Sept. 13, BSC ties for 132nd with Central College, Randolph College, Randolph-Macon College, St. Norbert College, Susquehanna University, Wartburg College, and Whittier College on the report’s National Liberal Arts Colleges list, which also includes private colleges.
The college also tied for 127th in the high school counselor rankings, which are based on academic advisers’ impressions of the quality of undergraduate education at each institution.
U.S. News and World Report bases its rankings on 15 different factors meant to gauge academic quality, including each school’s graduation rates and overall undergraduate academic reputation. Other factors assessed include class sizes and retention rate for first-year students, according to its online methodology report. These rankings serve as a powerful tool for prospective students and their families to better navigate the college search process.
Birmingham-Southern has been consistently ranked among the best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News’ annual guide. It is the only institution in the state included in that category.
“It is very satisfying to once again be ranked among the very best colleges in the nation for providing an unbeatable educational experience,” said BSC President Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith. “This plus the recent ranking from Forbes that put BSC in the top 100 for colleges with great return on investment is proof that we prepare our graduates for success.”