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U.S. News Ranks Covenant #6 in South

Covenant College

U.S. News & World Report again ranked Covenant College one of the top regional colleges in the South in its 2015 edition of Best Colleges. U.S. News ranked Covenant #6 in the South, noting the College’s graduation rate, freshman retention rate, and low student-to-faculty ratio. With 83% of freshmen returning to Covenant, the College holds the highest freshman retention rate among regional colleges in the South.

In addition to taking the #6 spot in the South, Covenant was ranked #10 for best value in the South. The best value ranking notes the percentage of Covenant students who receive need-based grants and the average cost to students after receiving grants. Covenant was also recognized as the #1 college in the South for veterans, indicating Covenant’s participation in initiatives that allow veterans and current servicemen and women to complete their college degrees. 


“Although the criteria U.S. News & World Report uses to rank colleges are important to us, there are things even more important to us—primarily missional faithfulness,” said Dr. Jeff Hall, vice president for academic affairs at Covenant. “We are pleased with the ranking, but also know that our identity is found elsewhere.” 


U.S. News ranks colleges based on several criteria, which are weighted and combined to determine a final ranking. The criteria include graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.


Read U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide here.