Asbury Ranked Fourth by U.S. News & World Report

New graduates are led into commencement ceremonies in May 2012.
New graduates are led into commencement ceremonies in May 2012.

Asbury University — which just last week announced an all-time record enrollment — has been ranked fourth by U.S. News and World Report in the Regional Colleges South category. Asbury is the only Kentucky school represented in the Top 15 and this is the second Top-5 ranking for the University in the past two years, moving up one spot from 2011.

“The rankings recently released by U.S. News serve to confirm what our students, faculty, parents and thousands of Asbury University alumni serving around the world already know — that an Asbury University education is a high-quality education,” said Asbury Provost Jon Kulaga. “Our rise in the rankings this year over last year, continues to indicate our long-standing tradition of academic excellence.”

Asbury’s average freshman retention rate of 79 percent in 2011 was ranked second, and its average graduation rate of 67 percent was the highest in the category. The University has since improved the retention rate to 84 percent. Asbury was also ranked in the Top 10 in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category.

The U.S. News ranking system began in 1983 and is based on indicators of academic quality, such as graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, class size and financial resources, and weighted by researchers at U.S. News.

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