NASHVILLE, TN—Two months after Welch College changed its name from Free Will Baptist Bible College, the name Welch College appeared for the first time in U.S. News & World Report ranked 42nd among “Best Regional Colleges” (South Region) in U.S. News’ 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges guidebook. The numerical ranking of 42ndin the 2013 South Region was driven by a high graduation rate, peer assessment scores, and strong alumni giving. Highlights of college rankings will be published in the September 18, 2012, issue of U.S. News.
President Matt Pinson said, “This is exactly what we hoped to see happen when the college name change occurred—immediate national recognition as a top quality educational institution. We are so pleased that Welch College is not only ranked among America’s best colleges but is creating name-recognition that will attract prospective students and their parents. This confirms that the college’s academic programs are recognized by the broader academic community as well as our supporters. It’s also another reminder that Welch College delivers on its educational promise.”
The “Best Regional Colleges” category where Welch College is ranked includes 370 institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts, and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. Colleges in this category are ranked within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.
U.S. News rankings offer opportunity to judge the relative quality of institutions based on widely accepted indicators of excellence: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and more.