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U.S News: University of the Cumberlands one of America’s Best Colleges


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands was once again listed in the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" as one of the top institutions of higher learning in the South. The rankings were released in the August 27 issue of the weekly magazine.

U.S. News looked at more than 320 schools in the Baccalaureate Colleges category, and Cumberlands was listed as a “Top School.” It was ranked 26th in the South.

In addition, Cumberlands was recognized for awarding a large amount of need-based financial aid. Eighty-five percent of undergraduate students were determined to have a financial need, and 95 percent of the average student’s demonstrated need was met during the 2006-2007 academic year.

U.S. News' rankings are based on several characteristics, the most important of which are peer assessment and graduation and retention rates. Also important are the ratio of students to faculty and how selective the university is. Cumberlands also has a high alumni giving rate, when compared to other listed schools.

According to U.S. News, the schools in the Baccalaureate Colleges category “focus primarily on undergraduate education just as the liberal arts colleges do but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. They also offer a range of programs in professional fields such as business, nursing and education.”

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 118th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online programs.