Register staff report
Both Berea College and Eastern Kentucky University are ranked in the top 10 percent of “America’s Best Colleges,” according to Forbes magazine.
Berea is 190 in the rankings, while EKU is 640.
Because Forbes, a popular business magazine recognizes 650 undergraduate institutions among approximately 6,600 accredited post-secondary institutions nationwide, the rankings place both schools among the top 10 percent of colleges and universities.
The fifth annual report, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) from a variety of sources, ranks undergraduate institutions based on students’ satisfaction with their college experience, incurred debt, retention and graduation rates, and the success and salaries of graduates.
In its report, Forbes said its rankings focus on “the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity. And we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.”
“We are very proud and excited to once again be honored by Forbes,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said, “because this honor recognizes not only the quality of our faculty and curriculum, but also our steadfast commitment to student success, affordability, and the success of our graduates.”
Nine other Kentucky institutions were ranked.
The 11 schools and their rankings are:
Center College, 60; Transylvania Univ., 186; Berea College, 190; Bellarmine Univ., 224; Georgetown College, 324; Asbury College, 339; Univ. of Kentucky, 541; Murray State Univ., 547; Western Kentucky Univ., 577; Northern Kentucky Univ., 606; and Eastern Kentucky Univ., 640.
To view the complete rankings, you may visit www.forbes.com/colleges.