Sep 13, 2021
Florida Southern College advances to no. 8 among the top 10 “Best Regional Universities in the South” in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s distinguished college rankings guide, up from its no. 9 placement last year. The guide highlights FSC’s continuing academic excellence in undergraduate education in relation to its peer institutions.
“I am elated by U.S. News & World Report’s recognition of Florida Southern’s place among the best and most innovative academic institutions in the nation,” said Dr. Anne B. Kerr, president of Florida Southern College. “These accolades underscore Florida Southern’s pairing of top-tier collaborative research with creative pedagogical approaches, made possible by FSC’s world-class faculty and our extraordinary students.”
U.S. News and World Report spotlights FSC’s national prominence in undergraduate education, ranking the College at no. 8 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and no. 10 for “Most Innovative” among FSC’s peer institutions. The new rankings also promote the College’s outstanding Business and Nursing programs, naming FSC as one of the “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” and, for the first time this year, as one of the “Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs” in the nation.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings also praise Florida Southern’s efforts to create opportunities for social mobility among disadvantaged student populations, listing the College as one of the “Top Performers on Social Mobility.” The College ensures that all FSC students receive a world-class educational experience, and the value of an FSC education is reflected in the College’s appearance on the “Best Value Universities in the South” listing at no. 14.
“Florida Southern’s stellar faculty and staff work together to equip and empower all of our students for success,” said FSC Provost Dr. Brad Hollingshead. “U.S. News & World Report’s continued recognition of the College underscores the remarkable work of these educators and recognizes that a Florida Southern education is one that truly makes a difference in students’ lives.”
U.S. News & World Report utilizes academic surveys and data concerning four- and six-year graduation rates, freshman retention rates, student SAT and ACT score averages, and faculty-to-student ratios to produce college rankings based on school groupings established by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and determined by each school’s academic mission. Regional universities, offering a wide range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s programs but limited doctoral programs, are ranked against peer-group schools in four geographical regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.
U.S. News and World Report’s praise of Florida Southern continues the College’s trend of accolades that highlight the school’s academic excellence and focus on experiential education:
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