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U.S. News & World Report Ranks FWBBC Among America’s Best Colleges

August 25, 2008

Congrats FWBBC from a proud alumnus!

U.S. News & World Report Ranks FWBBC Among America’s Best Colleges

NASHVILLE, TN—Free Will Baptist Bible College received notification in mid-August that the institution is ranked among “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” (South Region, Third Tier) in U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges guidebook, according to President Matt Pinson. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September 1, 2008, issue of U.S. News.

     President Pinson said, “We are so pleased to be ranked among America’s best colleges in this prestigious national study. This is another confirmation to our alumni and denominational constituency that their investment in FWBBC has produced exceptional dividends in the academic marketplace. I hope this report encourages more potential students and their parents to look at FWBBC first when considering a college.”
     The “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” category where FWBBC is ranked includes 319 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. The colleges in this category are ranked within four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

     The U.S. News rankings offer the 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.

     FWBBC received particularly high marks in four strategic areas—percent of classes with under 20 students (84%), student/faculty ratio (9/1), freshman retention rate (69%), and graduation rate (41%).
Provost Greg Ketteman said, “Our inclusion in U.S. News’ list of best baccalaureate colleges indicates that by several important measures, including our standing with peer institutions, FWBBC continues to provide high quality college education for our students and our denomination.”

     This is the first time FWBBC has been ranked in the annual America’s Best Colleges guidebook. More information is available about the rankings and methodology at: http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/best-colleges/2008/08/21/about-the-rankingsmethodology.html.

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