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U.S. News ranks Tennessee Wesleyan University among the region’s best, as well as a top value in annual list

It’s rankings season in higher education, and Tennessee Wesleyan University remains on two key lists: Best Regional Colleges South and Best Value Schools (Regional Colleges South). On September 10, U.S. News and World Report released their annual rankings of higher education institutions across the country. Each year, nearly 50 types of rankings and lists are produced by the news and information publisher. Along with the rankings, the website provides tools to guide prospective students, and their families, during the college search process.

Multiple data-points are utilized to calculate the rankings each year, and only the schools that rank in the top half of their category are considered for the best value list. Coming in at 16 on the Best Regional Colleges (South) provided that opportunity for TWU. According to U.S. News, schools that make the Best Value list are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when you take into account the amount of financial aid that they dispense. “The typical formula used was adjusted this year to give more weight to the amount of need-based aid distributed by the institution. The majority of our students receive aid based on the student’s academic merit in addition to their financial need. 100 percent of all first-year freshman received either merit and/or talent aid last school year, ” Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Research, Dr. Stephanie Smallen explains.

Being ranked 8 on the Best Value list, and the only school in Tennessee to find itself in the top 15, illustrates the University’s dedication to providing quality education while helping students make college affordable. 90% of TWU students receive institutional aid resulting in $11,256,613 distributed last academic year. The University recently added a True Cost Calculator feature on the website so future students can see how affordable their education can be.

“This year’s rankings are a direct reflection of our mission to provide the highest quality educational experience to all of our students,” says President Dr. Harley Knowles. “Our expert faculty members are truly invested in the teaching and mentorship opportunities that they have with our students.” He adds, “it is great to see that the value Tennessee Wesleyan places on quality and affordable education for all is being recognized by such an important resource for our future students.”

TWU has more than 30 academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels to help you reach your goals. Programs are continuously reviewed to ensure that you’ll be prepared for in-demand careers in our global society.

A complete list of the rankings can be found on the U.S. News and World Report’s website.