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For the third-straight year, Asbury University has earned a Top-5 spot in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings.

Asbury's May 2013 graduation included graduate students as well as traditional undergraduates.Of the nearly 370 colleges and universities ranked in the South Region category, Asbury University is ranked No. 4 for the second-straight year — and Asbury is the only Kentucky school earning a Top-15 ranking.

The U.S. News ranking system is based on indicators of academic quality, such as graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, class size and financial resources. Schools in the South Region category draw heavily from nearby states to offer a broad range of liberal arts programs. While they do offer graduate degrees, the majority of students at South Region institutions are undergraduates.

Just a few of the high marks in the rankings that lift Asbury to the head of the class include:

  • Asbury’s graduation rate is eight percentage points higher than any other college or university in the rankings
  • Asbury has the highest average freshman retention rate of any school ranked in the Top 50
  • Maintaining smaller, more focused classroom sizes, Asbury’s student/faculty ratio is an impressive 13/1

“Retaining our position as one of the leading regional universities in the South is an affirmation of the quality of the faculty of Asbury University, and of the effectiveness and effort they apply to their work,” said Asbury University Provost Jon Kulaga. “As we strive to continuously increase our academic rigor and excellence, affirmations such as this latest ranking are signposts indicating we are on the right path — and are traveling with the right people.”

In addition to its widely-recognized academic excellence, Asbury is currently blessed to serve the highest enrollment numbers in its nearly 125-year history and more than 53 percent of the average traditional undergraduate student’s tuition at Asbury is covered by scholarships or grants.