Reinhardt University has climbed the ladder to rank in the top 25 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Colleges in the South for 2017. Reinhardt is now in the 29th spot of 113 schools jumping up from the 54th place in the 2016 rankings.
President Dr. Kina S. Mallard acknowledged this success and said, “In higher education today, rankings have become part of the credibility of a university. The significant increase in Reinhardt’s ranking over the last year validates that we are on the rise fulfilling our mission, increasing our student outcomes and continuing to provide a unique experience where each student thrives.”
Reinhardt succeeded in advancing its peer assessment ranking from 2.6 to 2.7. This ranking accumulates the opinions of people in a position to judge a school’s undergraduate academic excellence and weighs 22.5 percent in the overall score. The score is decided by a survey sent to presidents, provosts and directors of admissions at peer institutions in spring 2015 and spring 2016.
Other accomplishments include Reinhardt’s low student to faculty ratio and class size, which is 9 percent of the overall score. The average class size is 13 students, with the student to faculty ratio being 12:1. Reinhardt’s dedication to student success is revealed by the released rankings. The University’s mission to educate the whole person, preparing the individual to enter the professional world and instilling good community citizens, is strived for each and every day.
“Reinhardt University is pleased to be ranked among the top regional colleges in the South,” said Dr. Mark Roberts, vice president and dean for academic affairs. “Our movement upward in the rankings reflects our learning community’s ongoing commitment to educating, as our mission directs, ‘the whole person’ by ensuring enriched experiences in the academic and social environment.”
The U.S. News and World Report ranking evaluated seven different components overall: undergraduate reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.
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