Rollins Ranks #1 in the South

August 20, 2009








usnewsRollins College ranks number one among 117 Southern master's-level universities in the annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges," released by U.S. News & World Report. This is the fifth consecutive year that Rollins has garnered the top spot in this category.

From small classes to great faculty, the rankings may seem to speak for themselves. But they don't really tell the whole story of what sets Rollins apart from its closest competitors ... and some of the most renowned universities in the country.

At 67 percent, Rollins College has a higher percentage of courses with an enrollment less than 20 of any school ranked among the top 10 in the South. Rollins also has a higher percentage of courses with an enrollment of less than 20 than the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (65%), Cornell University (58%), the University of Notre Dame (55%), Dartmouth College (63%) and Johns Hopkins University (65%).

At 94 percent, Rollins has a higher percentage of full-time faculty than Princeton University (92%), Yale University (88%), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (90%), the University of Pennsylvania (86%), Columbia University (92%) and the University of Chicago (86%).

Rollins was also ranked in the top five in the South in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category for offering the best value, which relates academic quality with the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid.

The “best college” rankings are based on surveys of college officials, combined with data provided by institutions, including student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources, graduation rates and alumni satisfaction.

The weekly edition of U.S. News & World Report containing the rankings and the newsstand book, “America’s Best Colleges,” will be on newsstands Tuesday, August 25.



School

Overall Score

% Classes Fewer than 20

Student/Faculty
Ratio

Full-time Faculty

1. Rollins College

100

67%

10/1

94%

2. Elon University

96

51%

14/1

89%

3. Stetson University

90

60%

11/1

85%

4. James Madison University

88

36%

16/1

87%

5. The Citadel

83

43%

15/1

87%



School

Overall Score

% Classes with 50 or more

Full time Faculty

 Rollins College

100

0.2%

94%

 Harvard University

100

8%

93%

 Princeton University

100

9%

92%

 Yale University

98

7%

88%

 Massachusetts Institute
 of Technology

93

13%

90%

 University of Pennsylvania

93

7%

86%


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