in top ten
of U.S. News college rankings
LAKELAND, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2003) - Florida
Southern College placed in the top ten in the U.S. News and World
Report 2004 college rankings recently published in its annual issue
U.S. News America's Best Colleges. Among comprehensive colleges
- bachelor's in the southern region, FSC ranked 8th. In the same
category, the college ranked 7th in best value.
The colleges are rated in the areas of graduation and retention
rank, faculty resources rank, student/faculty ratio and percentage
of full-time faculty, among other criteria. The category features
institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range
of degree programs in the liberal arts, which account for fewer
than half of their bachelor's degrees, and in professional fields
such as business, nursing, and education.
U.S. News determines its best value ranking using a formula that
relates a school's academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News
ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives
the average level of financial aid. The higher the quality of the
program and the lower the cost, the better the value. U.S. News
considered only schools ranked in the top half of their categories,
since it believes the most significant values are among colleges
that are above average academically (from www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/college/rankings).
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.