Meredith Ranks High on New Top College Lists

Meredith College is consistently ranked among the top college choices in North Carolina. This impressive track record continues with Meredith’s earning notice from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Colleges of Distinction, and Meredith’s fashion program also received accolades from

Meredith is ranked #5 among colleges in the South in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. Meredith was named to the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, ranked 6th among regional colleges in the South. The publication’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list considers quality as well as cost. U.S. News also calls Meredith the #4 Best College for Veterans in the South. This list, which includes institutions certified for the GI Bill and that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, identifies schools that offer benefits that make college more affordable for veterans and active duty military.

Schools are ranked by U.S. News using several indicators including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, and alumni giving percentage.

Meredith College is one of 140 colleges chosen for The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” list, which is part of the organization’s website feature, “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” feature identifies schools recommended as “regional bests” across four locales: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. In total, 649 schools received a regional best designation.

These schools constitute only 25% of the nation’s four-year colleges. Honorees were selected primarily for their excellent academics. The Princeton Review also weighed what student surveys revealed about campus experiences.

Colleges of Distinction included Meredith as one of nine North Carolina schools on its list, which emphasizes engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. The annual process to select the nation’s Colleges of Distinction also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, as well as its general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction measures.

Meredith is in the Top 10 of North Carolina’s four-year colleges on a new list released by Only 25 schools out of more than 100 in the state made the list. The methodology used to create the rankings included rates of acceptance, retention, graduation, and enrollment.

Meredith made the 2015 list of top fashion merchandising programs at private schools in the nation. The list was published by Meredith was ranked #18 nationally among private colleges and at #9 in the South. Criteria for the rankings included academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of the program and faculty, value, and geographic location.

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