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University of the Cumberlands again named one of America’s Best Colleges


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — U.S.News and World Report has again named University of the Cumberlands one of “America’s Best Colleges.” In its 2009 rankings published in the September 1 issue, U.S. News listed UC in the Baccalaureate Colleges category. The magazine examined 319 higher education institutions in this category, and ranked Cumberland 24th in the South, one of four designated regions used for the rankings, which also include North, Midwest and West. Cumberlands is also included in the top ten ‘Great Schools, Great Prices.’

According to U.S. News, schools in the Baccalaureate Colleges category focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs within both the liberalarts and in professional and pre-professional fields. They differ from schools in the Liberal Arts Colleges category because fewer than 50% of Baccalaureate Colleges’ bachelor’s degrees are earned in the liberal arts.

Dr. Jim Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands, was pleased with the news. “At University of the Cumberlands, we offer outstanding educational programs. With a highly qualified, dedicated and up-to-date faculty, we continually strive to ensure that the educational opportunities afforded our students are our number one priority. In addition, our campus facilities provide the best possible learning environment for our students. Our U.S. News ranking is especially gratifying as it validates our programs, reflects the opinions of our peers and places Cumberlands among the best schools in America. We truly are pleased with this recognition by U.S.News and World Report. Our ranking and inclusion in ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ further validates our mission of offering the best possible education at an affordable price.”

U.S. News bases its rankings 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 the university’s selectivity. Cumberlands also has a high alumni giving rate when compared to other listed schools.