ATHENS, W.Va. - Concord University has been named among the Best Regional Colleges South in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. According to the report, Concord ranks as the number one public institution in West Virginia among Regional Colleges South and places fourth in the top five public schools in that category.
The annual publication, released Sept. 10, ranks Concord University in the first tier of the Regional Colleges South category. Of the 76 institutions in this category, Concord ranks 47. Concord has consistently placed in the top tier of Best Colleges for the past nine years.
Schools are categorized by mission using the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classification of higher education institutions. According to this classification system, undergraduate study is the primary focus at Regional Colleges.
The rankings are based on criteria that measure academic quality. Each institution is evaluated in areas such as graduation rate, SAT and ACT scores, and student/faculty ratio. Calculations are also determined by ranking institutions in each category against their peers.
For more information visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges Concord University has also been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the “Best in the Southeast” in the “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” online feature.