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NGU ranks a top-tier ‘Best Regional Universities – South’ in 2021 ‘U.S. News & World Report’ rankings

Tigerville, SC (September 14, 2020) North Greenville University (NGU) again 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 today.  

The Tigerville, SC-based University rated No. 53 out of 133 schools listed. Colleges in the category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs.  These rankings are another line of evidence that NGU provides an education that embodies the core values of Christ-centered, biblically faithful, academically excellent, and mission-focused. NGU is pursuing excellence without elitism as the University makes an NGU education accessible to as many students as possible.

“NGU focuses on our mission of equipping transformational leaders for church and society every day of the week, for the glory of God. We are glad to see that others are recognizing the excellence that takes place on our campuses and in our classroom,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

U.S. News’ rankings are published to offer prospective students a guide to choosing the right college for them. It allows families to compare at a glance the relative quality of institutions based on such widely accepted indicators of excellence as freshman retention, graduation rates, and the strength of the faculty. The rankings – including the component information on each college’s score – are available online at usnews.com.

However, many factors other than those spotlighted in the rankings will figure into a college decision, including location and the feel of campus life, the range of academic offerings, activities, and sports, and cost and the availability of financial aid. U.S. News figures, if you combine their information with college visits, interviews, and own intuition, their rankings can be a powerful tool in your quest for the right college.

Which colleges and universities offer students the best value? These calculations are based on a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2019-2020 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. 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. Only 56 institutions made the list with NGU ranked ahead of notable names such as James Madison University and College of Charleston.

“We are particularly proud of our efforts to support first-generation students, as recognized by the social mobility rankings, and our ability to offer affordable programs for our students, as recognized by the affordability rankings,” said President Fant.

In addition to its overall ranking, North Greenville landed on the magazine’s Top Performers on Social Mobility list, rated No. 18 – 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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