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Longwood gets high marks in national and regional rankings

October 8, 2012

Forbes, The Princeton Review, and US News & World Report Ranking badges

Longwood University has been included recently in four national or regional rankings of the best colleges.

Longwood is for the 15th straight year ranked among the best colleges in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. This year's "Best Colleges" report 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. 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.

The Princeton Review, an education services company, selected Longwood as one of 136 institutions it recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its 2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region survey. The Princeton Review also selected Longwood one of 75 public institutions to be featured in its book, The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition. Both lists rely on student opinion surveys.

For the third consecutive year, Longwood was included as one of the best colleges in the United States in the annual survey published by Forbes magazine. The list of 650 undergraduate institutions, compiled with research from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, is based on factors that measure the quality of the education each school provides, the experiences of its students and the achievements of its graduates. The rankings are based on the general categories of post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.

"These rankings demonstrate 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."