CBU Rated One of the Best in Southeast & Nation

By U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review & Forbes

Memphis – Christian Brothers University (CBU) has received regional and national recognition for its outstanding academic programs and services from the U.S. News & World Report’sAmerica’s Best Colleges,” Princeton Review’s Best Colleges: Region by Region and Forbes’ “America’s Best Colleges in the Nation.”

CBU is one of the 25 best Southern universities according to the 2011 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”  In addition to being ranked 21st among Southern universities, CBU also ranked fourth in racial diversity and third in economic diversity, among its peers.

The racial diversity ranking identifies colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates different from themselves.  U.S. News factors in the proportion of minority students – leaving out international students – and the overall mix of groups in each institution’s 2009-2010 student body. Among Tier 1 Southern Universities, CBU was ranked third in economic diversity due to the fact that 37 percent of its undergraduates receive Pell grants. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income students to promote access to higher education.

CBU also was selected as an “A+ Option for B Students.” This distinction recognizes the fact that CBU welcomes and challenges serious B students with a desire to achieve.  These good students who may have less than stellar test scores can excel at CBU because of its engaged faculty, caring environment and academic support systems.

The annual rankings – in which U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – provide a resource for parents and students contemplating one of life’s most challenging financial decisions.  Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence, and help parents and students evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,400 accredited four-year school.

For the third consecutive year, CBU has been named a Best Southeastern College by The Princeton Review. As one of the 133 chosen Southern schools in the 2011 edition of the Best Colleges: Region by Region, CBU continues to distinguish itself among the top. Princeton Review does an annual regional breakdown of the top colleges and universities in the country. This year’s sample of the nation’s institutions of higher education is comprised of 623 schools from the West, Southeast, Midwest and Northeast. Varying in size, locale and diversity, the chosen schools represent 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. The Princeton Review is a useful guide for potential students and parents when considering a future college.

To be chosen for the regional awards, each school is rated based on institutional data, visits by Princeton’s Review staff to the schools over the years, questionnaires given to students, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors.

According to Princeton Review, CBU students described CBU as a “close knit educational environment” that provides “the perfect environment for learning.” and shapes “active community citizens.” The student body consists of students from 19 states and 22 countries and is ranked third for its campus diversity among Southern universities.

Forbes’ list of public and private colleges and universities ranked CBU among “America’s Best Colleges in the Nation” from the students’ perspectives.

The Forbes ranking is designed to meet the needs of undergraduate students. It attempts to help them evaluate things that many believe are important criteria when selecting a college. Their list of more than 600 undergraduate institutions is based on the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of the students and how much they achieve.

More than 10 factors are used in compiling these rankings, with no single factor counting as much as 20%. The rankings are objectively determined, with the only subjective judgments being those of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and Forbes as to which factors to include and the weights to be used in evaluating each factor.

Students have varying tastes, preferences, academic abilities and financial situations, so the “best” school for each student depends not only on overall quality as measured by rankings such as this one, but other considerations specific to individual students. A do-it-yourself ranking indicator allows users to personalize rankings to fit their own tastes. Forbes also offer a “best value” ranking that relates institutional quality to costs as measured by tuition and fees.

Founded in 1871 and the first university in Memphis to award a degree in 1875, CBU now offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, business, engineering, the sciences and teacher education. In addition, CBU offers graduate programs in business, education, engineering management and Catholic studies.

To learn more about CBU, visit www.cbu.edu or call (901) 321-3205. ###

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