U.S. News Lists Centenary College of Louisiana No. 2 "Best College Value" and No. 11 "Best College" Among South's Regional Universities in Latest Survey

Contact: Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

U.S. News and World Report

SHREVEPORT, LA - For the tenth consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report has named Centenary College of Louisiana to "America's Best Colleges." This year Centenary is ranked as the No. 2 "Best Value" and No. 11 among the South's "Best Regional Universities."

Centenary is listed second among 15 Southern regional universities highlighted as "Great Schools at Great Prices" in the Sept. 6, 1999 issue of U.S. News. Centenary is also ranked 11th among 33 institutions in a separate listing of the South's "Best Regional Universities" in the Aug. 23 issue. Both rankings will be included in the year 2000 edition of the guidebook America's Best Colleges.

"Once again, we are pleased to be listed at the top of some very fine institutions," said Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab. "An outstanding faculty, a caring staff and a motivated student body come together here for a unique college experience. We continually strive to present a top-quality liberal arts education in a student-centered program that seeks to be as cost-effective as possible."

U.S. News noted that it measures value by relating the cost of attending a college or university to its quality. "Higher academic quality coupled with lower cost to students equals a better deal," the magazine said. It bases its regional university rankings on academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The magazine lists the following "Great Schools at Great Prices," Regional Universities, South:

1. The Citadel (SC)
3. University of Richmond (VA)
4. Queens College (NC)
5. Rollins College (FL)
6. Spring Hill College (AL)
7. Harding University (AR)
8. Stetson University (FL)
9. Converse College (SC)
10. Mercer University (GA)
10. Samford University (AL)
12. Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)
13. Loyola University New Orleans
14. Tuskegee University (AL)
15. College of Charleston (SC)

The "America's Best Colleges," Regional Universities, South, list includes:
1. University of Richmond (VA)
2. Rollins College (FL)
3. James Madison University (VA)
3. Stetson University (FL)
5. Mary Washington College (VA)
6. Samford University (AL)
7. Loyola University New Orleans
8. The Citadel (SC)
9. Mercer University (GA)
10. Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)
11. College of Charleston (SC)
11. Converse College (SC)
11. Meredith College (NC)
15. Appalachian State University (NC)
16. Elon College (NC)
17. Spring Hill College (AL)
18. Belmont University (TN)
18. Harding University (AR)
18. University of North Carolina - Charlotte
18. Xavier University of Louisiana
22. Mississippi College
23. Bellarmine College (KY)
23. Christian Brothers University (TN)
23. East Carolina University (NC)
23. Longwood College (VA)
23. University of North Carolina - Wilmington
29. Winthrop University (SC)
29. Hampton University (VA)
29. Murray State University (KY)
29. Queens College (NC)
29. Tennessee Technological University
29. Tuskegee University (AL)
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