The latest round of college rankings are in—U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Princeton Review–and Coker continues to do well.
For the 22nd consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named Coker one of America’s Best Colleges in its 2018 rankings and ranked the college as one of the top 10 best regional colleges in the south. U.S. News & World Report defines a regional college as a school that focuses almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offers a broad range of programs in the liberal arts (which account for fewer than one half of bachelor’s degrees granted) and in fields such as business, nursing and education. The regional college rankings are split into four geographical regions/ lists (North, South, Midwest and West) and two categories/ lists (regional universities and regional colleges). The south includes institutions from 12 states–Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
This marks the seventh consecutive year that Coker College has been ranked in Washington Monthly’s top 100. The magazine’s annual college rankings are featured in their September/October 2017 issue. Washington Monthly describes their ranking strategy as follows, “Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they reject, we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students. Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and PhDs, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service.” In addition, this year Coker was again included on the magazine’s ‘2017 Best Bang for the Buck - Southeast’ list. According to Washington Monthly, these rankings are based on “the extent to which they [the college] charge students who aren’t rich a reasonable price for quality education that will advance them in their careers.”
Coker was once again named in The Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges: Region by Region” web feature. The publication’s 2018 edition recognizes Coker as a “Best Southeastern” school. This is the 13th consecutive year in which the college has achieved this honor. The Princeton Review compiles its list based on institutional data collected directly from the colleges, visits to schools, input from college counselors, and the opinions of the Princeton Review’s staff. Schools selected as “Best Colleges” are considered “academically outstanding and well worth consideration” by the esteemed publication. The 140 colleges represented in the “Best Southeastern” category come from 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.