Liberty University, Lynchburg College, Randolph College and Sweet Briar College all made U.S. News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Colleges 2014,” which was revealed on Tuesday.
Among the top National Liberal Arts Colleges, Sweet Briar College ranked 110th and Randolph College ranked 134th. Included among liberal arts colleges are only those schools that “emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.” A total of 180 colleges made the rankings this year. No local colleges were named a best college in the National University category.
Among the list of Top Regional Universities in the country, Liberty University was ranked 89th, down from 65th last year, while Lynchburg College was ranked 32nd, up from 41st last year. Regional universities are those that offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as some master’s programs. They offer few doctoral programs. The magazine divides these institutions into four geographic areas: North, South, Midwest and West.
Among Top Online Programs, Liberty University was recognized for three programs. LU’s Online bachelor’s program ranked 109th, its online graduate education program ranked 112th and the online graduate nursing program ranked 60th. US News evaluated nearly 860 online programs to determine rankings.
Among the High School Counselor rankings, Sweet Briar college ranked 124th and Randolph College ranked 169th. This list was based on the feedback from high school counselors from more than 2,000 public high schools across the country.
Virginia University of Lynchburg, a historic black college and university in Lynchburg, was not included in the rankings.
Virginia schools named among the “Best Colleges” in the National University category were the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, College of William and Mary and Virginia Tech.
Other Virginia institutions that merited ranking in the regional college and liberal arts categories include: Washington and Lee, University of Richmond, Averett University, Bluefield Colleges, Christopher Newport University, Ferrum College, Hampden-Sydney College, James Madison University, Longwood University, Mary Baldwin College, Marymount University, Radford University, Roanoke College, Shenandoah University, University of Mary Washington, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University and Virginia Union University.
The full rankings can be viewed at www.usnews.com/colleges.