Furman Ranks 41 Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges in Latest 'U.S. News' Rankings

Furman Ranks Among Top Liberal Arts Colleges in Latest 'U.S. News' Rankings

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Furman University continues to rank among the nation's top liberal arts colleges, according to the annual rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Furman is ranked No. 41 in the category of "Best Liberal Arts Colleges - Bachelor's," which consists of 215 colleges that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts. The university was tied for 41st with Centre (KY) College, Occidental (CA) College and Skidmore (NY) College.

The university is also ranked No. 39 in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category for liberal arts colleges. The rankings reflect the ratio of quality to price and, according to the magazine, "the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal."

The university also appeared in the category "Programs To Look For," which lists eight types of academic programs that lead to student success. Furman was listed as excelling in the area of "Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects," where students do "intensive and self-directed research or creative work that results in an original scholarly paper or other product that can be formally presented on or off campus."

U.S. News ranked the top 104 schools in the "Best Liberal Arts" category and then listed the remaining schools in alphabetical order within third and fourth "tiers." Furman was one of six Southern colleges to make the top 50.

All of the schools listed in the U.S. News rankings were evaluated in the areas of peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving rate.

For more information, contact Furman's News and Media Relations Office at 864-294-3107.

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