LaGrange College rated top 10 regional colleges in the South in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Published 8:11 am Monday, September 12, 2022

LaGrange College earned high marks in annual rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report.

The institution was rated in the top 10 among 99 Regional Colleges in the South and also was included on the publication’s lists of “Best Value Schools” and colleges with the “Best Undergraduate Teaching.”

“It is always nice to have external validation for what we know here at LaGrange College: We are a top-ranked institution that transforms the lives of our students,” said President Susanna Baxter.

“Their experiences on the Hill serve as a time to gain the skills and experience needed to live into their calling. Whether that be accountancy, education, nursing or on the main stage, our students leave here equipped for the next step.”

Factors considered in the top schools ranking include outcomes (graduation and retention rates and social mobility), faculty resources (class size and faculty salary), expert opinion of peer institution leaders, financial resources, student excellence (standardized test scores and high school class standing) and alumni giving.

The publication determines its “Best Value” schools by factoring academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid.

“The ‘Best Value’ and ‘Best Undergraduate Teaching’ rankings affirm what our families already know: LaGrange students receive an outstanding education at one of the most affordable private colleges in the Southeast,” said Dr. John Head, vice president for enrollment management and student experience. “We often hear from families with multiple children that their LaGrange experience has been more affordable than that of their student attending one of the state’s public institutions.”

To develop the 2023 rankings, U.S. News evaluated 1,500 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality.