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CBU Ranked by U.S. News, Forbes, Princeton Review

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) continues to claim its place among the Top Tier of Southern Universities according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” It is also ranked among the best colleges and universities in the Southeast by the Princeton Review, and the ninth annual Forbes ranking once again includes CBU among the top 20% of U.S. colleges and universities.

U.S. News “Best Colleges”

CBU is ranked 28th of 127 schools included among the Southern Regional Universities category in the U.S. News methodology, which is based upon classifications created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Regional Universities are defined as those offering a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs.

"I am pleased — but hardly surprised — to again be ranked among the Best Universities in the South.” said Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President. “The fact that we on show up on numerous U.S. News lists reflects not only the exceptional quality of a CBU education, but also its financial value, the support system we offer our students and the commitment of CBU’s faculty and staff to their success, and our increasingly diverse campus population.”

Best Value: CBU ranked 11th for best value among Southern universities. 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 ranked fourth in the South for Campus Ethnic Diversity. CBU’s student body is 45% Caucasian, 32% African American, 7% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 11% unknown or international.

“Because our student body looks like the real world, our students are that much more prepared to succeed in a global marketplace and for life in a diverse world,” said Dr. Anne Kenworthy, Vice President for Enrollment, to summarize CBU’s emphasis on diversity. “We strive to offer a high-quality education that prepares our students to excel in their chosen professions.”

For "B" Students: CBU was also selected as an A+ School for B Students. This distinction recognizes the fact that CBU welcomes and challenges serious B students with a desire to achieve. These good students excel and thrive at CBU because of its engaged faculty, caring environment and academic support systems. The average CBU freshman scored 21-27 on the ACT/SAT percentile, and racked up an average 3.6 GPA, and graduated in the top 25% of their high school class.

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.

For Veterans: CBU placed 20th in the Southern regional category in Best Colleges for Veterans. U.S. News compiled this list based on that schools that meet both of the following criteria:

  • The institution is certified for the GI Bill.
  • The institution participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program or is a public school that charges in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans.

Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings represent a comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 16 widely accepted indicators of academic excellence from more than 1,300 accredited four-year schools. Colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Forbes “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. According to Forbes, their list of the 660 top schools “distinguishes itself from competitors by our belief in ‘output’ over ‘input’…. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?”

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.

Princeton Review “Best in the Southeast”

Unlike the criteria and methodology used by other ranking systems, Princeton Review’s “Best Regional Universities” are based entirely on what students tell them about their colleges and their experiences at them via a student survey.

Students at CBU say the it “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.” And while their “classes may be challenging,” students say that they get out what they put in. Faculty here “are all very willing to provide help if needed,” and “all professors are fair in their grading.”

About Christian Brothers University:  CBU, the first university founded in Memphis, was established in 1871 by the De La Salle Christian Brothers and is recognized as one of America’s finest Catholic universities. CBU currently offers undergraduate degrees in the arts, business, engineering and the sciences, as well as master’s degrees in business, education, engineering management and physician assistant studies.

Posted by Cory Dugan at 3:38 PM