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Kentucky colleges recognized by Washington Monthly

Berea rated Best Bang for the Buck in Southern region

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2015) — Kentucky colleges and universities were recognized by Washington Monthly in its 2015 National Universities Rankings and The Other College Guide.

1509-coverFor the 2015 National Universities Rankings schools were rated “based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country),” according to Washington Monthly.

On the list of 2015 Liberal Arts College Rankings, Berea College was ranked No. 3 and Centre College No. 28.

For 2015 Baccalaureate College Rankings, Asbury University was ranked No. 11 and Kentucky Wesleyan College No. 57.

As part of The Other College Guide schools were ranked for Best Bang for the Buck, based on regions. The Southern region consisted of Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Schools from the main rankings were ranked in this section based on five categories: student loan default rate; graduation rate; graduation rate performance; percent of Pell Grant students; and net price of attendance. Schools then received a score between zero to 15.

Berea was ranked No. 1 with 12 points. Next was Alice Lloyd College, Midway University and Asbury tied for fourth with 10 points. Transylvania University scored nine points, Murray State University, Spalding University, Georgetown College and Centre scored eight points, Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Campbellsville University, University of Kentucky and University of the Cumberlands all scored seven points.