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WILMORE, KY—The recent U.S. News & World Report rankings have reclassified Asbury College as a National Liberal Arts College. For more than 12 years, the College had been ranked in the top 10 colleges in the south, a regional category that no longer exists.Due to changes in the classification system by the Carnegie Foundation in 2006, the U.S. News rankings changed for many colleges and universities. Asbury College’s performance in the different assessments were relatively unchanged from previous years, however, it now ranks in the third tier among National Liberal Arts Colleges. The College is now listed among the 266 national liberal arts colleges, which emphasize undergraduate education, awarding at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.

Statistically, the College continues to do well in retention, freshman rankings, the number of full time faculty and annual alumni giving. Asbury College’s freshman retention rate remains high at 80 percent. Approximately 34 percent of incoming freshman are in the top 10 percent of their high school class and more than 80 percent of current faculty are full-time. The average annual alumni giving rate is 29 percent, which is higher than the U.S. Naval Academy (MD), Berea College (KY), Berry College (GA) and Hanover College (IN).

Asbury College has the opportunity to increase its national exposure in this new category. The College celebrates the largest freshman class in five years, as well as a banner year in giving, receiving more gifts in 2006-2007 than ever in the history of the College.