U.S. News ranks Milligan among top universities

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 9:05 AM

It’s official. Milligan College is one of the best schools in Tennessee.

U.S. News & World Report recently named Milligan College the only school in the region to be ranked in the top 25 regional universities and top 10 best values among regional universities in the South. Milligan finished 23rd in the region and sixth in the Great Schools, Great Prices category in the publication’s 2018 Best Colleges report, which was released Tuesday.

Washington Monthly, which examines what colleges are doing for their students and for the public good, also recently named Milligan College among the best regional universities for expanded graduate options. BestColleges.com ranked the college as the third best four-year college in Tennessee for 2017 based on academic quality, affordability, admissions and graduation rates, retention and overall student experience.

President Bill Greer said the feedback from students is the best metric for measuring how well a school is doing. He said he’s proud to know that students at Milligan have enjoyed their experience studying there, and he hopes to see Milligan continue to climb the ranks as the school introduces and expands programs.

“I think that’s a real testament to the quality of academics that go on at Milligan,” Greer said of the recent rankings.

Sophomore Bo Pless, who is studying engineering at Milligan, said he has enjoyed his first year at the school. After considering many different colleges, he decided on Milligan’s young engineering program, which he described as top-notch in terms of its professors and facilities.

“I’ve had a really good experience so far,” he said. “When I was coming into college, I was weighing a lot of different options between a lot of different places that all offered really competitive programs. Ultimately, I landed on Milligan.

“I am very, very thankful for this place.”

Milligan’s recent ranking in the recent U.S. News & World Report was based on the college’s ratio of academic quality to price, need-based aid and percentage of need-based scholarships and grants that offset total cost.

The most complete version of the rankings — including data and statistical profiles — can be found at www.usnews.com/colleges.



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