Southern Named Top Tier Institution By U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Southern Adventist University announced a Top Tier ranking by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” guide for the 12th consecutive year. In addition to that overall honor, the report also singles out the university’s online Master of Business Administration program as being Top Tier as well. 

“Our ranking speaks for the quality of the educational offerings and environment available at Southern,” said Vinita Sauder, vice president for Strategic Initiatives. “We provide superior value through extraordinary professors who mentor students by combining their career trajectory with Christian service."

Nearly 1,600 institutions are evaluated annually by U.S. News & World Report before results are compiled and released. The magazine’s collection of objective data is used by students and parents to make informed decisions about where to invest in an education. The guide divides colleges are universities into categories based on both geography and the curriculum they offer. Southern earned its honors in the “Regional Colleges” category, which includes schools that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. 

To view complete ranking, and to learn more about methodology, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.

In related news, Southern is once again recognized by Princeton Review in their “Best in the Southeast” category, a designation earned by only 25 percent of the institutions studied. Princeton Review is an education services company widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides.  

“We’re pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site and chose them mainly for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president. “From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite.”

Southern Adventist University is a private institution run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Founded in 1892, the university is located in Collegedale, Tennessee and currently enrolls more than 3,200 students pursuing a variety of undergraduate and graduate level degrees. 



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