Meredith College has earned more accolades during the 2014-15 academic year, including again making the top 10 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the South’s Best Regional Colleges. Meredith has also been named a College of Distinction and to a STEM Approved Colleges list.
Meredith has consistently been ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News, whose latest rankings were released in September. The College ranked #6 in the 2015 edition.
Meredith was also named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, ranked 9th among regional colleges in the South. U.S. News describes this ranking as “taking into account a school’s academic quality and the 2013-14 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.” The publication’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list considers quality as well as cost.
The U.S. News ranking system places colleges and universities in one of four categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities, and regional colleges.
U.S. News divides colleges and universities by the following regions: North, South, West, and Midwest. Schools are ranked using several indicators including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources (class size, faculty/student ratio, percentage of full-time faculty), student selectivity (average SAT scores, acceptance rate), and alumni giving percentage.
College of Distinction
The U.S. News top 10 is just one accolade earned by Meredith, which was also named a College of Distinction for 2014-15. Colleges are selected for the Colleges of Distinction guide based on excellence in Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities, and successful outcomes.
STEM Jobs Approved College List
Meredith has been designated a 2015 STEM Jobs Approved College by Victory Media, creator of STEM Jobs magazine. The organization also provides educational and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges, and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations. Meredith College was among more than 1,600 schools participating in the STEM Jobs survey process.