42 Baptist Schools Make ‘Best Colleges’ List

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Christian Post Reporter
Tue, Aug. 28 2007 11:46 AM ET

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Forty-two
members of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and
Universities (IABCU) made it into U.S. News & World Report
magazine’s annual list of “America’s Best
Colleges.”

Colleges and universities were grouped
into four categories – National Universities, Master’s
Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, and Baccalaureate Colleges. The
Master’s and Baccalaureate rankings were further divided into
geographical regions. The magazine also ranked the nation’s top
business and engineering programs.

In total, 1,900 colleges and universities were ranked in this year’s report.

Among
the Baptist schools ranked as the top institutions in the National
Universities category are Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Samford
University in Birmingham, Ala.

Most of the Baptist schools were
ranked in the Baccalaureate-South division – a category for
schools in the country’s southern region offering primarily
undergraduate liberal-arts programs with less than 50 percent of the
students receiving degrees in traditional liberal-arts disciplines.

Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., was ranked no. 1 in the Baccalaureate Colleges in the South.

In
addition, the South Baccalaureate Colleges list also included:
Campbellsville University, Shorter College, University of the
Cumberlands, Blue Mountain College, Mars Hill College, Anderson
University, Louisiana College, Bluefield College, Virginia Intermont
College, Williams Baptist College, Brewton-Parker College and Chowan
University.

Although not a Baptist school, the Christian liberal
arts college Erskine College – founded by the reformed
Presbyterian Church – was ranked no. 2 on the Baccalaureate
– South list.

The remaining IABCU schools were ranked under
other regional subcategories under Baccalaureate and also in the
master’s degree category.

Thomas Corts, executive director
of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities,
said Baptists should “take pride” in their investment of
“nurturing strong institutions,” according to the
Associated Baptist Press.

“While it is only one estimate of
institutional standing, the continued excellent representation of
Baptist colleges and universities in the U.S. News & World Report
rankings confirms that Baptist Colleges are competitive and
well-considered in the world of higher education,” said Corts.

The schools were ranked based on data provided by the institutions and by a survey of colleagues.

Last year, an all-time high of 43 Baptist schools made the U.S. News & World Report Best Schools list.

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