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Asbury’s retention rates are consistently among the highest in its ranking categories.

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s unique value, from inspiring classes to life-changing friendships, constitutes a transformative experience that is impossible to find anywhere else. National rankings tell the same story — Asbury’s retention rates were the highest of any institution in its category (U.S News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” South Regional rankings).

Biology major Emma Wittekind ’18 says Asbury’s broad liberal arts education and close community were decisive factors in her college decision. Wittekind, who plans to pursue a masters in nursing after graduation, is confident Asbury’s rigorous science classes will give her a solid foundation for a direct-entry master’s program.  

In the meantime, she enjoys the value that sets Asbury apart — robust Christian liberal arts education and a thriving community. 

“I know that choosing Asbury University was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life because an education here is so worth it,” Wittekind said. “The scholarships and financial aid you can get here, as well as the experiences you can have in and out of the classroom, are amazing. It really prepares you for what lies ahead.”

When financial aid is taken into account, many students pay less at Asbury than they would at a public institution. Nearly 100 percent of Asbury’s traditional undergraduate students receive financial aid. Here are just a few more facts illustrating the value of an Asbury education (all statements relate to traditional undergraduate programs):

  • 40 percent of Asbury students receive academic scholarships
  • Asbury student loan default rates are four times lower than the national average
  • Asbury’s room and board charges are among the lowest in the state (and almost 40 percent lower than flagship universities)
  • All out-of-state students receive an automatic additional $2,000
  • Scholarships are available for children of alums and students with family members in ministry 

“I’ve gotten so much value at Asbury, from the classroom, Chapel and residence life especially,” Wittekind said. “I love the expanse of what we cover in the liberal arts. Residence life has also had a very big impact on me. Our focus on community keeps me engaged and excited — you never meet a stranger at Asbury.”