U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Belmont University in the top tier of quality among “America’s Best Colleges.” The 2004 edition of its annual college guide is scheduled to hit newsstands Monday. Belmont was ranked 21st overall among the 131 schools in the 11-state South region of the “Best Universities-Master’s” category, again placing it in the top tier of quality.
In this category, Belmont is the highest-ranked university in Tennessee. On some of the most important indicators used to determine the ranking, Belmont has improved over the previous year. Both freshman to sophomore retention and graduation rates are up, and, early indications for this Fall are that they will continue to trend upward. Belmont’s student-faculty ratio remains one of the best in the South at 12 to 1, and the university has increased the percentage of faculty who are full-time.