CBU moves into top 25 of Southern Regional Universities
MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) continues to garner high marks from a list of prestigious rankings of colleges and universities, according to recent data released by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and Forbes.
According to a list released September 9 by U.S. News & World Report, CBU jumped 14 spots — from #39 to #25 — among the top Southern Regional Universities in its 2020 survey. Because of its high placement in the ratings, the University earned six different Best Colleges award badges.
Best Value: CBU is again ranked as a best value among Regional Universities in the South. This ranking takes into account CBU’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News “Best Colleges” ranking, and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.
Best Undergraduate Teaching: In spring 2018, U.S. News asked top academics to name the schools that they think have faculty with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. The rankings for Best Undergraduate Teaching focus on schools where faculty and administrators are committed to teaching undergraduate students in a high-quality manner.
Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs: CBU’s School of Engineering was ranked among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News. The engineering program rankings were based solely on peer assessment surveys. To appear on an undergraduate engineering survey, a school’s program must be accredited by ABET and offer the bachelor’s or master’s as its highest engineering degree.
Top Performers on Social Mobility: New this year, U.S. News is computing a school’s social mobility ranking. According to U.S. News, “The social mobility ranking is computed from performance on the two ranking factors pertaining to enrolling and graduating high proportions of students who were awarded Pell Grants. One is the Pell Grant graduation rates ranking factor that examines this on a standalone level; the other is the Pell Grant graduation rate performance ranking factor that compares a school's graduation rates of students who were awarded Pell Grants with its graduation rates for all other undergraduates.”
Best for Veterans: This category recognizes the top-ranked schools in the “2019 Best Colleges” rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. CBU is certified for the GI Bill, actively participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and is recognized as a VETS Campus by the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support program.
Forbes also includes CBU among its 2019 list of “America’s Top Colleges” as well as ranking it among the best colleges in the South. In its selection and ranking of the best colleges and universities in the country, Forbes uses five criteria: Post-Graduate Success, Student Debt, Student Satisfaction, Graduation Rate, and Academic Success.
Forbes’ selection of CBU among its “Top Colleges” also reinforces a 2019 survey by SmartAsset that found CBU to be the third best value among colleges in Tennessee and to have the fourth highest alumni starting salary among Tennessee institutions of higher learning, edging out three other regional top ten-ranked schools – Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and Union University.
The Princeton Review’s annual qualitative survey of American colleges and universities, which selected CBU among its “Best in the Southeast” for 2019, is based on student feedback and comments. CBU again did exceptionally well in this survey, as rated by its own student body. From PrincetonReview.com:
CBU students noted that the school “provides a complete education for the future” by “stressing the important of service to the community at large” and providing “approachable, available professors” who “are dedicated to helping us learn and succeed in the ‘real world’.” Students who are involved in campus activities say they “love campus life” because “there are always activities being organized by the various campus groups and organizations” and the school maintains a “fun and safe environment for everyone.” Students also noted: “Small class sizes allow” students to “really know your professors, [and] allow for more opportunities to get involved academically and professionally.” Students praise their professors, saying they “love the level of engagement in the classroom… Each of them know the students well and the material even better. They give a whole new life to the otherwise tedious work and lecture.”
These rankings come after CBU had been selected as a 2019-2020 “College of Distinction” for its continued commitment based on these categories: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes, earning special recognition in the areas of business, education, nursing, and career development. The increasingly popular college search site Niche.com ranked CBU on a number of measures, with the highest rankings earned for being one of the “Most Diverse Colleges in America,” taking the number two spot in that category in Tennessee; one of America’s “Best Catholic Colleges,” as one of the “Best Small Colleges in America.” Other rankings can be accessed on the CBU website “Rankings” page.
“Our rankings by U.S. News & World Report — and other noted college ranking sites like Forbes and the Princeton Review — affirm the commitment to excellence demonstrated by our faculty and staff,” states President Jack Shannon. “Christian Brothers University’s emphasis on student success is, I believe, a big factor both in our rankings and in our ability to attract talented students. Our Lasallian philosophy is to educate minds, touch hearts, and cultivate leadership to prepare our students for success in both their professional and personal lives and to engender service to society. It is gratifying that these external rankings recognize and reflect our internal success in this mission.”