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CBU Once Again Highly Rated by U.S. News, Princeton Review and Forbes in Annual College Rankings

University also named a “College of Distinction” and cited for value and high alumni salaries

MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) again enjoys top marks on a set of prestigious rankings of colleges and universities, according to recent lists from U.S. News & World ReportForbes, and the Princeton Review.

According to U.S. News & World Report, CBU is once again ranked among the top Southern Regional Universities in its 2019 survey. CBU is also ranked by U.S. News in the following categories:

Best Value: CBU is 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.

Ethnic Diversity: For students who are interested in a multicultural environment, CBU is ranked fifth among Southern universities for diversity. CBU’s student body is 41% Caucasian, 27% African American, 9% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 18% multi-racial, unknown, or international.

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 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.

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.

Forbes also includes CBU among its 2018 list of “America’s Top Colleges.” 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.

Using sources such as and the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, Forbes’ selection of CBU among its “Top Colleges” also reinforces the recent surveys by SmartAsset that found CBU to be the third best value among colleges in Tennessee and to have the third highest alumni starting salary among Tennessee institutions of higher learning.

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

CBU students say the school “provides a complete education for the future” by “stressing the importance 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.’” “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 2018-2019 College of Distinction for its continued commitment based on these categories: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes. CBU was also recently recognized by, which ranks CBU’s online Master of Science in Engineering Management at #12 in the nation, calling the program “ideal for working professionals.” College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources, also rated CBU in the Top 20 for affordability and #27 overall in its “Online Master’s in Engineering Management” rankings.

“CBU has a long-standing reputation of providing a quality education at an affordable price for an increasingly diverse student population,” says Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU president. “That is our mission, and it is edifying to see that the rankings we are awarded on a variety of prestigious lists validate that we are excelling. Our devoted faculty and staff are committed to student success and it shows. I am especially proud of the success of our graduates. Our data shows that 97% of CBU graduates are employed or accepted into graduate programs after Commencement, with more than 78% of those staying in the Memphis area. That is a CBU success story I’m pleased to share.” 

Posted by Cory Dugan at 8:59 AM