CHARLESTON, SC (Sept 7)--The Citadel ranks 11th in the South out of 505 regional colleges and universities nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report in the magazine's latest survey of "America's Best Colleges." The annual rankings of the country's colleges and universities will appear in the September 18th issue of the magazine.
In the category of academic reputation, The Citadel ranked an impressive 5th. The military college was also cited for having the 8th best reten- tion rate in the South.
The Citadel is one of only two South Carolina colleges--and the only public college in the state--to be ranked in this year's survey of regional colleges. Converse College in Spartanburg, with which The Citadel has established a parallel leadership program, was also ranked.
"This is good news for The Citadel," said Lt. General Claudius E. Watts III, president of the college. "We have worked hard to create one of the best colleges in the South, and this survey confirms that our efforts have met with success. I am pleased that U.S. News has recognized the quality of our academic reputation and has dispelled the myth that our freshman retention rate is poor. Everyone at The Citadel is justifiably proud of this ranking."
The Citadel has been ranked in the survey since 1985. The 1995 survey marks the 10th time out of eleven surveys that The Citadel has been ranked one
of "America's Best Colleges." In order to arrive at this year's ratings, U.S.
News World Report divided schools into categories based on classifications
maintained by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The
Citadel falls into the "Regional Colleges and Universities" category, which is
subdivided into North, South, East and West. The magazine then surveyed 2,700
college presidents, deans, and admissions directors, asking them to rate other
colleges they felt were comparable to their own.