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By John Zambenini, a senior from Dayton, Ohio.

WILMORE, KY — Asbury College was ranked among America’s 50 best liberal arts schools in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) 2006 guide, “All-American Colleges.” The College shared top honors with such schools as Princeton University and The Citadel.

allamerican06.jpg“Unlike other colleges that wax eloquent about the importance of a liberal education without actually providing one, Asbury takes its idea of balance seriously,” said the ISI. “Asbury College helps students prepare not only for careers, but also for lives enriched by a liberal education – and by the spirituality of the Methodist Holiness Tradition.”

The ISI guide rated schools based on investigations and interviews with students and faculty. Consistently, the quality of professors characterized students’ remarks. “Students praise their teachers as dedicated and helpful,” the guide said.

One pupil said in the guide, “Professors who stay here do it because they care about the students and the college itself. They are accessible and helpful.”

In addition to a rigorous academic experience on campus, the guide notes that students at Asbury College enjoy special opportunities abroad in Egypt, China, Russia and Latin America, as well as the Oxford Honors Program at Oxford University in England.

Apart from academics, “All-American Colleges” praised Asbury College for a variety of intercollegiate and intramural athletic opportunities, the beautiful 118-acre equestrian center, musical ensembles and special interest clubs.

Recently U.S. News and World Report ranked Asbury College third in the south in 2006 among comprehensive colleges. The College is celebrating its 14th consecutive year among the top 10.