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Milligan ranks #11 in the South

Milligan College earned the #11 spot among Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the South in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. There are 93 baccalaureate colleges in the South region and 320 total in the four regions: West, Midwest, North, and South.

Each year U.S. News looks at 15 indicators of academic excellence for colleges and universities across the United States. These indicators include input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty, and its financial resources, and outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students. Indicators include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Milligan President Don Jeanes said he is pleased by Milligan’s ranking, which reflects the college’s extremely good reputation for providing an excellent education.

“We encourage students to look carefully at indicators of academic quality, as well as finding a good fit with an institution’s mission and campus community. The statistics are telling, but a college’s special qualities are far more than what are represented in numbers and percentages,” he said.

Milligan was one of more than 200 schools that switched categories in this year’s U.S. News rankings due to recent changes announced by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classifications. The last several years, Milligan has ranked in the top tier of the “Best Universities-Master’s” category in the South region. This year the college moved to the Baccalaureate category for institutions focusing on undergraduate education and offering a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education.

The rankings – which this year feature some substantial changes in methodology – will be published in the magazine’s August 27 issue, on newsstands August 20, and are available online at www.usnews.com beginning today (Aug. 17).


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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