Posted by William Nunnelley on 2003-08-22

Samford University again ranks as one of the top institutions in the South in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of America's Best Colleges.

Samford ranks fifth in the South in its category, Best Universities-Master's, which includes schools offering a full range of undergraduate and master's programs and some doctoral programs. Samford offers 26 degree programs, including 18 at the master's and doctoral levels.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a school's academic reputation, freshman retention rates, faculty resources, class size, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The rankings were announced Friday, Aug. 22. In addition to the Best Universities-Master's category, U.S. News & World Report ranks Best National Universities-Doctoral, Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's and Best Liberal Arts Colleges-Bachelor's. Schools are divided into groups reflecting their missions--basically, programs they offer--as described by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Best Universities-Master's category includes the largest number of schools (573) and is divided into four regions.

Samford has been ranked in the top 10 in its category by U.S. News & World Report since 1990.