Longwood University is for the 17th consecutive year ranked among the best colleges in the annual U.S. News & World Reportsurvey.

In the 2015 U.S. News "Best Colleges" report, released Sept. 9, Longwood moved up to No. 30 from No. 31 in the ranking for all Regional Universities in the South. Among Public Regional Universities in the South, Longwood moved up from No. 12 to No. 11.

"Once again, we are pleased that Longwood is being recognized for the outstanding educational experience we provide our students," said Sallie McMullin, dean of admissions. "This recognition speaks to the quality of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. I’m not surprised by this recognition, or the others we have received, given that Longwood produces exceptional graduates who excel in graduate school, careers and as citizen leaders. We are all Lancer proud!"

Longwood has moved up three spots among all Regional Universities in the South since the 2013 ranking, released in September 2012.

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 620 regional universities, which are those that offer a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. The South region encompasses 12 states.

"Rankings don’t reflect the elements of a Longwood education that truly distinguish us from other institutions—our sense of camaraderie, our spirit of citizen leadership, our campus community," said President W. Taylor Reveley IV. "But we are proud nonetheless to see Longwood recognized as one of the top universities in the region. It’s a tribute to our dedicated faculty and staff and the high bar of excellence they set every day."

View the complete rankings here.

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