Brenau Makes U.S. News Best College Best Value Rankings for 8th Straight Year

For the eighth consecutive year, Brenau University placed in the top 15 in the Southeast in the annual U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” ratings of higher education institutions based on the value provided in exchange for student tuition dollars.

Brenau at 13th  place was the only other Georgia school on the list along with Mercer University in the top spot.

Brenau, Mercer and Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville also were the only Georgia institutions to make the top 30 institutions in the Southeast – Brenau and GC&SU tied at 30 and Mercer tied for seventh.

“We are delighted that this higher education rating service once again recognizes that Brenau University offers high-quality academic programs at a tuition rate competitive with other high-quality public and not-for-profit private institutions,” said Brenau President Ed L. Schrader. “We strive to make sure that Brenau education is a high-value education. “

The 2013 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges publication will be on newsstands on Sept. 22 and on the magazine’s Web site at on www.usnews.com/colleges and through the U.S. News College Compass publication.

U.S. News rankings are based on assessments of more than 1,400 schools nationwide by all the university presidents surveyed, surveys of key administrators and academic leaders in colleges and universities around the nation, graduation rates, average admission test scores, faculty/student ratio, tuition rates and levels of financial aid provided by the institution and other criteria. The thorough examination of how accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence also include evaluation of data on graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

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