CBU Ranked in Top Tier of Southern Universities by U.S. News; Also Listed Among the “Best in the Southeast” by Princeton Review and “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes
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 Report, Forbes, and the Princeton Review.
According to U.S. News & World Report, CBU is once again ranked among the top Southern Regional Universities. CBU is also ranked by U.S. News in the following categories:
Best Value: CBU is ranked 14th for 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 and Economic Diversity: For students who are interested in a multicultural environment, CBU ranked fifth in the South for diversity. CBU’s student body is 45% Caucasian, 32% African American, 7% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 11% unknown or international.
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 annual 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 Payscale.com 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.
The Princeton Review’s annual qualitative survey of American colleges and universities, which selected CBU among its “Best in the Southeast,” is based entirely 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 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 only a few weeks after CBU announced that it has been selected as a 2017-2018 “College of Distinction” for its continued commitment based on these categories: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.
“The recognition of these national media outlets is a tremendous honor, as it validates what thousands of Buccaneers already know -- a degree from CBU is an excellent value,” says Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., the University’s President. “This fall, we welcomed the largest freshman class in our 147-year history and the impact that our alums and faculty make in our community grows with every passing year. We are going to work hard over the course of this year to earn these accolades and make CBU’s academic and student life experiences even more rewarding.”