College named in top U.S.News lists
Aug. 17, 2010
LaGrange College continued its streak as a top 10
best college in U.S.News & World Report’s annual evaluation of
American colleges and universities. And for the 11th straight year, the
college was named a “best value.”
In this year’s rankings, the college placed seventh overall in the
magazine’s listing of the South’s “Best Regional Colleges” and was
singled out as one of 10 “great schools at a great price” in the
96-school category that stretches over 12 states.
“It is gratifying when the national media recognize the work we do to
offer an education at the highest level,” LaGrange College President
Dan McAlexander said.
Of particular significance is the institution’s continued designation by U.S.News as a best value.
“For more than a decade, we’ve been recognized for the value of the
powerful learning experience offered here,” McAlexander said. “Without a
doubt, we are passionate about helping students discover the best of
themselves. Our faculty and staff are committed to building learning
relationships that transform students’ lives.”
LaGrange also was included on a national list for smallest class
sizes, placing at number nine, the highest spot for a Georgia school.
“We believe strongly in the importance of faculty-student
relationships,” said Dr. David Garrison, Provost. “Small class sizes
nurture those ties and encourage transformative learning.”
For its selection of top colleges, the magazine looks at a number
of factors, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates,
student-faculty ratio and SAT/ACT scores. In conferring the best value
designation, the publication uses a formula that relates a school’s
academic quality to its cost of attendance.
A four-year liberal arts and sciences college
affiliated with the United Methodist Church, LaGrange College is an
award winner in sustainability and is the oldest private institution of
higher learning in Georgia. It has an enrollment of more than 1,000