Beacon News: U.S. News ranks PBA one of ‘America’s Best Colleges’

By Kyle Beck
Contributing Writer

For the second year in a row, Palm Beach Atlantic University has been ranked among the top 60 regional universities in the South according to “U.S. News and World Report’s” annual release of “America’s Best Colleges.”

PBA is tied at 49 with other  Florida schools Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida, as well as Lee University in Tennessee and Morehead State University in Kentucky. 

“It is a tremendous honor for Palm Beach Atlantic University to be ranked by ‘U.S. News & World Report’,” said PBA President Lu Hardin. “This sends a message that this university has outstanding professors and also we are primarily a teaching university that U.S. News and other bodies that rank universities recognize our commitment to research.”

The factors that help determine the best college rankings are based on surveys of college officials and also data provided by institutions. Financial resources, graduation rates and alumni satisfaction are also included. 

PBA was also joined by other Florida schools including Rollins College, Stetson University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the University of Tampa and Jacksonville University that made the top 60 in the category of “Best Universities – Master’s.”

“The U.S. News & World Report ranking is something that every student should be proud of as well as our faculty and staff,” Hardin said.

The edition of U.S. News and World Report magazine that has the 2010 rankings and the newsstand book “America’s Best Colleges” are on newsstands now.

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