|Mia Overton, William Carey's Media Relations & Marketing Coordinator
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -William Carey University continues to rank as one of the “Best Value” regional universities in the South, according to the 2017 college rankings released on September 13 by U.S. News & World Report.
William Carey ranked second among regional universities in the South on the Best Value list. In addition to the school’s academic quality, the rankings were determined using factors such as the 2015-2016 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average amount of need-based scholarships or grants, the percentage of all undergraduates receiving need-based awards, and the percentage of a school’s total cost covered by these awards.
The rankings also recognize William Carey University as an “A-Plus School for B Students” and as a school with the “Least Debt” for its 2015 graduates. Overall, U.S. News & World Report recognized Carey as number 41 out of 140 schools in its list of “Best Regional Universities” in the South, which includes both public and private universities in the 12 Southern states.
The “A-Plus School for B Students” ranking takes into account the individuality of the student body and opportunities available for students who did not make high ACT or SAT scores or did not place in the top 25 percent of their high school class. The “Least Debt” ranking factors in the amount of loans students must take out to cover college costs and the percentage of graduates who graduated owing money and, by extrapolation, the percentage of students who graduated without debt.
“William Carey continues to receive recognition for the quality of its educational programs and the low cost of attendance,” said President Tommy King. “We continue to focus on cost containment in order to make it possible for students to afford to attend Carey. We are pleased with our 2017 rankings.”