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Longwood ranks with the best in annual U.S. News & World Report rankings

September 12, 2012

US News & World Report Best Colleges Regional Universities Public 2013

Longwood University is for the 15th straight year ranked among the best colleges in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey.

The 2013 U.S. News "Best Colleges" report, released Sept. 12, ranks Longwood No. 11 in the Top Public Schools category for Regional Universities in the South. Among all Regional Universities in the South, including private institutions, Longwood is ranked in the top tier at No. 33.

"Being ranked in U.S. News for the 15th consecutive year demonstrates that Longwood is an outstanding option for many students," said Sallie McMullin, dean of admissions. "Faculty, staff, students and alumni know Longwood offers an ideal college experience. However, it is special when our appreciation of Longwood is validated by a third party."

The U.S. News rankings are based on assessment by administrators at peer institutions, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Longwood is ranked among regional universities, which are those that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few doctoral programs. The South region encompasses 12 states.

"The U.S. News 'Best Colleges' rankings allow you to compare at a glance the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention and graduation rates and the strength of the faculty," according to U.S. News.

To view the full rankings, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.

Additionally, Longwood has been listed recently in two other annual surveys of best colleges. The Princeton Review, an education services company, selected Longwood as one of 136 institutions it recommends in the "Best in the Southeast" section of its 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region survey. Longwood also is included among 650 undergraduate institutions in the 2012 list of America's best colleges published by Forbes magazine.