Asbury Continues to Shine in ‘U.S. News’ Rankings – Asbury University
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September 16, 2016

Asbury maintains its place as a leading University in the South with a Top 15 ranking in a more competitive category.

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University has climbed to new heights in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges Rankings, joining a category with much larger schools while maintaining its place as a leading University in the South.

Previously included in the Regional Colleges category, Asbury now joins the Regional Universities category for the first time. Ranked No. 14 among nearly 150 colleges and universities in the South, Asbury is the only Christian university (CCCU) to earn a place in the Top 15.

Asbury made the jump from Regional Colleges to Regional Universities due to updates in the classification system used by U.S. News. Some factors involved in the change include Asbury’s liberal arts emphasis, as well as its growing number of master’s degree programs.

The smallest institution in the Top 15 of its category, Asbury University (No. 14) outpaces much larger public schools like Western Kentucky (No. 31), Murray State (No. 35), Morehead State (No. 72) and Eastern Kentucky (No. 79). Asbury also outranks all other CCCU member institutions in its regional category, including Milligan University (No. 22), Lee University (No. 56), Carson-Newman University (No. 59) and Anderson University (No. 67). In national rankings, the University of Kentucky was ranked No. 133 and Louisville was ranked No. 171. Centre College is No. 44 and Transylvania No. 83 in the National Liberal Arts category.

Asbury’s success in the U.S. News Best College Rankings is longstanding. For the past five years, Asbury earned a Top-5 slot in the Regional College category, including a No. 1 ranking in 2014. This year, Asbury continued its tradition of excellence, scoring points for strong retention and graduation rates, small class sizes and more. Here are a few of the numbers that earned Asbury such high marks: 

  • 63.6 percent of Asbury’s classes have fewer than 20 students, creating space for in-depth discussion in a collaborative atmosphere.
  • Asbury’s impressive 13:1 student/faculty ratio creates a more personal learning environment and allows students to build meaningful relationships with their professors.
  • Asbury enjoys stronger graduation and retention rates than many of the larger schools in its category and all of the Kentucky public schools.

A standout feature of this year’s rankings, Asbury’s close-knit environment contributes to a meaningful learning experience for students. Students not only learn from first-rate faculty — they get to know them on a personal level, which increases their likelihood of graduation and enhances their educational experience.

“The U.S. News rankings clearly reflect Asbury’s high academic standards, especially regarding students’ relationships with faculty,” said Dr. Tim Campbell, academic dean at Asbury. “Our faculty continually engage with students in and out of the classroom at levels of serious inquiry and learning.” 

Brandon Combs, director of Undergraduate Admissions at Asbury, says Asbury’s strong showing in graduation and retention rates, combined with its move to the Regional Universities category, are a further affirmation of Asbury’s mission to integrate faith and learning. 

“The move from the “Regional Colleges” to “Regional Universities” category accurately portrays the increased diversification and quality of our academic programs and offerings,” Combs said. “This top recognition by our peers and U.S News & World Report reinforces the idea that academic excellence and spiritual vitality can be integrated together.”


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