U.S News & World Report ranks Pfeiffer University among best in the South for eighth consecutive year

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Why Pfeiffer

For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Pfeiffer University among the 100 Best Universities in the South.

These well-known annual rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools considered on up to 15 measures of academic quality. The factor receiving the most weight in this regard is student outcomes, including graduation and retention rates. The magazine publishes these rankings every year to help students worldwide compare the academic quality of more than 1,800 U.S.-based schools.

“Pfeiffer University consistently offers a high-quality, individualized experience focused on the liberal arts and centered around majors that are in demand,” said Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Our 12-to-1 student-faculty ratio and commitment to mentorship through all four years of undergraduate study are certainly factors in this year’s rankings.”

For the first time, class size was considered as a component in overall U.S. News & World Report rankings—a hallmark of the Pfeiffer experience.

"Research has shown that smaller classes foster a productive and positive learning environment," said Robert Morse, chief data strategist, U.S. News. "With this new index measure, U.S. News takes fuller advantage of the data schools provide, while still rewarding schools that make an effort to better serve their students with smaller classes."

For more information about the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best College rankings, visit www.usnews.com.