Longwood University is now ranked among the top 10 public regional universities in the South in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey.
In the 2016 U.S. News "Best Colleges" report, released Sept. 9, Longwood moved up to No. 9 from No. 11 in the Public Regional Universities in the South category. Among all regional universities in the South, both public and private, Longwood moved up to No. 28 from No. 30.
"Longwood’s rise in the rankings reflects the university’s growing reputation and its commitment to providing students a strong liberal arts core as well as a vibrant residential experience," said Dr. Jennifer Green, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. "Longwood creates an environment where students can thrive both academically and socially, connect deeply with their community and broaden their perspectives. As a result, our graduates are sought-after by graduate schools and employers."
In the last three years, Longwood has moved up five spots among all regional universities in the South. This is the 18th consecutive year that Longwood has ranked among the best colleges in U.S News & World Report’s annual colleges survey.
"There is much more to Longwood than can be reflected in any ranking—our history, our camaraderie, our campus and most especially our mission of citizen leadership," said President W. Taylor Reveley IV. "While no ranking can fully capture an institution, Longwood’s strong showing is yet another sign, along with increased enrollment through strengthened student retention and success, that we are a place with palpable forward momentum. Credit belongs with our outstanding and deeply committed faculty and staff."
The U.S. News rankings are based on assessment by peers and counselors, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Longwood is ranked among the regional universities, which are those that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs but few doctoral programs. The South region encompasses 12 states.
To view the complete rankings, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.