by Public Relations Office
Cedarville, Ohio- The editors of "U.S. News & World Report" have ranked Cedarville University in the top tier of regional comprehensive colleges. Factors included in the magazine's evaluations included graduation rates, admissions selectivity, and student/faculty ratio. The annual rankings appear in the magazine's September 17 issue. The rankings are also available at usnews.com, the magazine's Web site. Editors describe the ranking system as a tool for prospective students to "weigh some of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the schools that [they are] considering." "The college experience consists of a host of intangibles that cannot be reduced to mere numbers," the magazine writers said. "But we believe that it is possible to objectively compare schools on one key attribute: academic excellence." Readers familiar with the rankings will recognize a change in the way "U.S. News & World Report" categorizes the various types of colleges and universities around the country. The institutional category that was known in previous years as "regional liberal arts" has become "comprehensive colleges--bachelor's." According to the magazine, institutions in this category focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. It was in this category that Cedarville was ranked. "We are gratified with this recognition of the University's quality and value," said Roger Overturf, public relations director at Cedarville. "Our mission is to offer an education consistent with biblical truth. Our goal is to provide challenging academics for our students' professional and avocational futures coupled with a stimulating character development experience in an stirring spiritual atmosphere," he added. "This combination of efforts is what has become known as 'the Cedarville experience' and what makes a Cedarville education distinctive."