For the 10th straight year LaGrange College has been rated among the top 10 colleges in its class in annual rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
Categorized among 100 Regional Colleges in the South, LaGrange also placed fifth on the magazine’s list of “best values,” schools described by the publication as “great schools at great prices.
“It is gratifying to see the LaGrange College experience classified as among the best,” said college President Dan McAlexander. “Our innovative Servant Scholars program, travel vouchers for students to experience study abroad, and our graduates’ career and graduate-school successes have helped the college’s reputation to rise.
“Of course, college rankings cause no small amount of debate in higher education circles. Still, we’re pleased for the transformative LaGrange experience to receive recognition. And it seems that more and more future students are noticing.”
The college announced last week that it had enrolled a record number of new students, including freshmen, transfers and graduate students.
The Best Value rankings use a calculation that takes into account a school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. According to the magazine, “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.”
Joseph Miller, LaGrange College’s dean of Enrollment Management, said the institution serves a variety of students, high achievers in search of academic scholarships and students with high financial need, and they often are surprised by the financial aid packages awarded by the college.
“Often, they find that we’re as affordable, or sometimes even more so, than a public state university,” he said. “Since we can bring federal and state aid — including HOPE — together with institutional grants and scholarships, families discover that the quality of the educational experience here can be surprisingly affordable.”