EMU again among top regional universities in the South

Eastern Mennonite University is ranked among the Best Regional Universities in the South and has earned additional accolades in U.S. News and World Report’s recently released 2022 Best Colleges rankings.

EMU tied for 35th out of 138 universities in the South. Regional universities are defined as offering a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some graduate programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. 

The publication released the rankings on Sept. 13. 

USNWR also awarded EMU two more rankings:

  • For Best Value, which combines a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2019-2020 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.
  • For Social Mobility,  by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000. 

“Rankings don’t always capture what we know our alumni value about their experience here at EMU — relationships with our professors, unique experiences in and out of the classroom, and the emphasis on learning to live and lead together in community,” said Scott Barge, vice president for institutional research. “Still, we value this recognition and know others in our community do as well.”

For its 37th annual rankings, U.S. News and World Report collected data from 1,452 colleges and universities, considering academic quality and outcome measures, such as graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility, according to its press release. 

The annual U.S. News and World Report rankings top a growing list of recognitions:

  • 2022 Washington Monthly Master’s University Rankings
  • 2021 U.S. News and World Report
  • 2021 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
  • 2019 Sierra Club “Cool School”
  • 2019 Washington Monthly Master’s University Rankings
  • 2018 Forbes “Grateful Grads” Index
  • 2018 Forbes Best Return on Investment (ROI) University
  • 2018 Princeton Review Green College Rankings 
  • 2018 Best Colleges for Your Money/TIME 

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