Georgetown, KY (Sept. 13) – In U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of top national liberal arts colleges and universities announced today, Georgetown College again was listed as a tier one institution and higher by 11 places (at No. 151) than a year ago.
“The most important distinction is that we are a top tier NATIONAL liberal arts college,” Georgetown Provost Rosemary Allen said. “That’s an elite group and that separates us from the regional institutions.”
Dr. Allen noted that the College, several years ago, chose to be compared and ranked nationally in the U.S. News listings. That meant that Georgetown College could no longer be ranked regionally. (In 1994, Georgetown was ranked No. 11 among Southern Regional Liberal Arts Colleges – 10 spots higher than the year before.)
The Provost added, “We still have things to work on as we build our national reputation. That’s the road we are on…and we’re getting there.”
Vice President for Enrollment Garvel Kindrick was also encouraged to be recognized nationally in these prestigious U.S. News rankings, but, he said, “We’re even more excited by that publication’s recent revelation that Georgetown College was in the ‘Top 10 Colleges That Lead to Graduate School’.”
“Our Admissions counselors out on the road touting this about college ‘outcomes’ are getting very enthusiastic reactions from high school guidance counselors,” Kindrick said. “Guidance counselors have known Georgetown College’s reputation for getting its students jobs or into graduate school and they see this ranking as verifying that.”
Dr. Allen was particularly pleased that Georgetown College was recognized for preparing students for graduate school. “The capacity to get into grad school is one of the more important things an institution can give its students,” Dr. Allen said of the No. 10 ranking. “Our high level of acceptance rate is testimony not only to the quality of education our students receive, but also the personal investment our faculty make in writing quality letters of recommendation.”
In a separate ranking, the magazine listed Georgetown No. 110 in a survey of guidance counselors from America’s Best High Schools for national liberal arts colleges they think offer the best undergraduate education to their students.
The U.S. News rankings are based on a formula that takes into account measures of academic quality including graduation rates, peer assessments among colleges and academic-reputation surveys by high school counselors.