Belmont Abbey College Recognized by U.S. News & World Report & The Princeton Review

BELMONT, N.C. (September 16, 2015) – It’s that time of year and once again, both the U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review have named Belmont Abbey College one of the Best Regional Colleges of the South. These rankings are a strong indicator of academic excellence, high levels of customer service and a rewarding student life.

For U.S. News & World Report this year’s Best Colleges Rankings edition includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities. The report ranks colleges on up to 16 measures of academic excellence, including graduation rates, selectivity and freshmen retention, to help families compare schools, narrow their searches and make informed decisions. U.S. News made two small changes to the rankings methodology for the 2016 edition of the Best Colleges rankings. This year, the academic peer scores are based on the two most recent sets of survey results, collected in spring 2014 and spring 2015. Using two years of data reduces year-to-year volatility in the results.

The Princeton Review publishes The Best 380 Colleges and ranks colleges based on surveys of 136,000 students attending these schools. The student survey has 80 questions in four sections which ask students about 1) their school’s academics/administration, 2) life at their college, 3) their fellow students and 4) themselves. Students answer by selecting one of five answer choices that range across a grid or scale. Students’ answers to each survey question determine a score for each college. Similar to a GPA, it is a metric that provides a numerical base to compare student opinions from college to college.

Belmont Abbey falls into the Regional College categories based upon our location and the types of degrees offered.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1500 students.