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NGU Earns Multiple Spots on Niche’s ‘Best Colleges’ Rankings

Tigerville, SC (September 17, 2020) In recent 2021 Best Colleges rankings by Niche, North Greenville University (NGU) earned multiple spots. Niche.com, Inc. is an American company headquartered in Pittsburgh,PA, that runs a ranking and review site. Luke Skurman founded the company in 2002 as a publisher of print guidebooks on U.S.colleges, but now runs a website with information on K–12 schools, colleges, cities, neighborhoods, and companies across the United States.

Niche’s Best Colleges ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. The rankings – including the component information on each college’s score – are available online at Niche.com.

In the Best Colleges in South Carolina ranking, NGU landed at No. 12 out of 59 SC colleges. NGU was the highest-ranked SC Southern Baptist institution in the state.

In addition to its ranking in South Carolina, North Greenville landed on the Most Conservative Colleges in America list, rated No. 20 nationally out of 1,674 colleges. The 2021 Most Conservative Colleges ranking is based on student reviews of the political leanings of the campus community.

In terms of specific academic programs, North Greenville is listed in the Best Colleges for Sports Management rankings. This ranking consists of schools that confer at least five bachelor’s degrees in the field annually or have the major represent at least 20% of all bachelor’s degrees conferred by the school. North Greenville ranks No. 23 out of 413 schools.

The University is also recognized in the Best Colleges for Religious Studies list – compares top theology schools, seminaries, and bible colleges based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. NGU earned No. 114 out of 411 schools.

“For a long time, North Greenville University has been one of the best-kept secrets in Christian higher education. But the word is getting out. These rankings are another line of evidence that NGU offers an education that embodies our core values of Christ-centered, biblically faithful, academically excellent, and mission-focused,” said NGU Provost and Dean of the University Faculty Dr. Nathan A. Finn. “Furthermore, we are pursuing excellence without elitism as we make an NGU education accessible to as many students as possible. It is a great time to be part of the NGU community.”

In addition to the Niche rankings, NGU earns recognition in “U.S. News & World Report” college rankings, landing in the Best Regional Universities - South in the magazine’s 2021 “Best Colleges” issue, released on Sept. 14.

In addition to its overall ranking, North Greenville landed at No. 45 on the magazine’s Best Value Schools. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

NGU rated No. 18 on the Top Performers on Social Mobility list – those institutions that are successful at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.

For more information about NGU’s nationally recognized academic programs, visit www.ngu.edu/academics.


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