National rankings endorse Longwood’s approach to higher education

Longwood is now ranked among the top 10 public regional universities in the South in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. In addition, Longwood was named one of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review.

In the 2016 U.S. News “Best Colleges” report, released in September, Longwood moved up to No. 9 from No. 11 in the Public Regional Universities in the South category. Among all regional universities in the South, both public and private, Longwood moved up to No. 28 from No. 30.

“Longwood’s rise in the rankings reflects the university’s growing reputation and its commitment to providing students a strong liberal arts core as well as a vibrant residential experience,” said Dr. Jennifer Green, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success.

In the last three years, Longwood has moved up five spots among all regional universities in the South. This is the 18th consecutive year that Longwood has ranked among the best colleges in U.S News &World Report’s annual colleges survey.

“While no ranking can fully capture an institution, Longwood’s strong showing is yet another sign, along with increased enrollment through strengthened student retention and success, that we are a place with palpable forward momentum,” said President W. Taylor Reveley IV.

The U.S. News rankings are based on assessment by peers and counselors, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The Princeton Review chimed in with its own endorsement of Longwood this fall, naming Longwood to its the “Best in the Southeast” list in its 2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region website feature.

In this annual project, The Princeton Review, an education services company, asks college students to rate their own schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

A total of 649 institutions nationwide—only 25 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges— were selected to The Princeton Review’s four regional-best” lists.