Emory & Henry College listed among top colleges in multiple rankings including U.S. News & World Report; Washington Monthly; Money

Posted by Allison Galloway
Emory & Henry College continues to be listed as a top National Liberals Arts College in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges.

For 2021, Emory & Henry College is ranked 154 out of 223 schools in its category. It also earned a special ranking in the “Social Mobility” category for supporting and admitting students with significant financial need.

“The rankings reflect our commitment to offer a connected liberal arts educational experience in and out of the classroom that is affordable,” said President Dr. John W. Wells. “We understand the value of connecting our education to the world of work and impacting the future economy through all types of leaders. It’s through very important student success offerings and our loyal alumni that we are making great opportunities happen here.”

Just this year the College opened its new van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development and most recently announced its new School of Business. Future plans will soon be announced regarding new in demand majors coming Fall of 2021.

The ranking takes into account the college’s performance in areas such as graduation rate, alumni giving, academic reputation, class sizes and financial support. Emory & Henry College is compared to other colleges that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study per the survey guideline. Factors contributing to the college’s improvement include retention rate, graduation rate; and “debt load to graduation”.

U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges also published a distinct Social Mobility ranking for all schools. The ranking is computed from the two ranking factors assessing graduation rates of Pell-awarded students. Social mobility measures how well colleges graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. Emory & Henry was listed at 103 in a group of 216 schools selected as Top Performers on Social Mobility. More than 50% of incoming students this fall were Pell-eligible recipients.

“We’ve always been a college of opportunity and have worked hard to minimize debt for our students in need,” said Wells. “We look at merit scholarships, need based aid, and other alternatives to make our education affordable and accessible. We are committed to our region and any student who desires a degree in higher education to make a difference in the world.”

As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success and satisfaction, Emory & Henry College has also been recognized as one of the renowned Colleges of Distinction. Emory & Henry is one of only 42 schools that are championed as part of Colleges That Change Lives, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and support of a student-centered college search process. Emory & Henry has also recently ranked among Washington Monthly’s Top Liberal Arts Colleges based on contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service; and America’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges, an exclusive list of schools ranked according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Additionally, Emory & Henry was listed on Money’s list of best colleges ranked by value - a combination of quality and affordability.

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The rankings reflect our commitment to offer a connected liberal arts educational experience in and out of the classroom that is affordable. We understand the value of connecting our education to the world of work and impacting the future economy through all types of leaders. It’s through very important student success offerings and our loyal alumni that we are making great opportunities happen here.
- President Dr. John W. Wells

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