Contact:  Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 869-5120 

U.S. News Again Lists Centenary College Among South's Top 10 in  "America's Best Colleges" Survey; No. 6 "Best Value"

SHREVEPORT, LA -- For the 12th consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report lists Centenary College of Louisiana among "America's Best Colleges."  This year Centenary is among the Top 10 in the South in the listing of "Best Universities-Master's," formerly called "Regional Colleges and Universities"

In a separate listing of "Great Schools at Great Prices," U.S. News ranked Centenary at No. 6 among the South's top 14 "Best Values."  Last year, Centenary was 12th in the overall ranking and first in the Best Value list.

The magazine released its annual America's Best Colleges survey Thursday evening (Sept. 6) on its website ( 

Centenary is listed 10th among the Top 33 Southern universities-master's, based on 16 measures of excellence, in the magazine's Sept. 17, 2001 issue and in the 2002 edition of the U.S. News guidebook, America's Best Colleges.   Both will be available on newsstands Sept. 10. 

To determine rankings, U.S. News & World Report looks at colleges' academic reputation, retention rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving. For its "Best Values, " U.S. News relates a school's quality ranking with the net cost to a student who receives the average level of financial aid. 

Centenary President Kenneth L. Schwab said the continued national recognition underscores Centenary's reputation for excellence, an outstanding faculty and staff, and a student-centered environment.  "Again, we are pleased that a national audience will be reminded that Centenary is an outstanding educational institution that encourages leadership and an education for a lifetime," he said.

Founded in 1825 and the nation's oldest private college west of the Mississippi River, Centenary is a selective liberal arts college that encourages leadership, citizenship and community service.  The college offers 41 majors in its Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities divisions. 

Other Louisiana schools named to the top lists for the South were Loyola University in fourth place in the "Best Universities-Master's" list and 11th in the "Best Values" rankings, and Xavier University of Louisiana
in 21st place in the "Best Universities-Master's."  Both are located in New Orleans. 

The following are schools named "Best Values, Universities-Master's, South" by U.S. News:
     1.   Mississippi University for Women
     2.   Spaulding University (KY)
     3.   Converse College (SC)
     4.   Meredith College (NC)
     4.   University of Richmond (VA)
     6.   Rollins College (FL)
     8.   Stetson University (FL)
     9.   Mississippi College
     10. Freed-Hardeman University (TN) 
     11. Loyola University New Orleans
     11. Murray State University (KY)
     11. Queens College (NC)
     14. Carson-News College (TN)
     14. Spring Hill College (AL)

The "Best Universities-Master's, South," list follows:
      1.  University of Richmond (VA)
      2.  James Madison University (VA)
      2.  Rollins College (FL)
      4.  Stetson University (FL)
      5.  Samford University (AL)
      6.  The Citadel (SC)
      6.  Loyola University New Orleans
      8.  Mercer University (GA)
      9.  Elon University (NC) 
     10.  Meredith College (NC)
     12.  Appalachian State University (NC)
     12. Wheeling Jesuit University (WV)
     14. Converse College (SC)
     15. Spring Hill College (AL)
     16. Belmont University (TN)
     16. College of Charleston (SC)
     18.  Bellarmine University (KY)
     18.  Murray State University (KY)
     18.  University of North Carolina-Charlotte
     21. Mary Baldwin College (VA)
     21. University of North Carolina-Wilmington
     21. Xavier University of Louisiana
     24. Harding University (AR)
     24. Queens College (NC)
     24. Winthrop University (SC)
     27. Hampton University (VA)
     28. Christian Brothers University (TN)
     28. Mississippi University for Women
     28. Tuskegee University (AL)
     31. Embry Riddle Aeronautical (FL)
     31. Mississippi College
     33. David Lipscomb University (TN)
     33. Longwood College (VA)
     33. Tennessee Technological University
     33. Union University (TN)
     33. University of Tampa (FL)
     33. University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

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