Christian Brothers University Ranked in Top Tier of Southern Universities by U.S. News
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Christian Brothers University Ranked in Top Tier of Southern Universities by U.S. News

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 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.

CBU is ranked 27th of 127 schools included among the 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.

Best Value

CBU ranked ninth 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 2014-2015 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. While this ranking was factored using only the proportion of minority students in the U.S. (excluding international students), CBU hosts over 100 students from around the world during the academic year.

Dr. Anne Kenworthy, Vice President for Enrollment summarized CBU’s emphasis on diversity. “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. We strive to offer a high-quality education that prepares our students to excel in their chosen professions.”

The categories U.S. News used in its calculations are African-American (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, White (non-Hispanic), and multiracial (two or more races). The formula produces a diversity index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer a school’s number is to 1.0, the more diverse the student population. CBU received a diversity index score of 0.62, and ranked 4th in the Southern Region.

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.

"I am pleased to see that Christian Brothers University is once again ranked among the Best Universities in the South” reflected Dr. Paul Haught, Vice President for Academics, “Our inclusion on multiple U.S. News lists highlights not only the outstanding quality and value of our academic programs, but our supportive and diverse campus environment.”

These good students excel and thrive at CBU because of its engaged faculty, caring environment and academic support systems. The average CBU student scored 21-27 on the ACT/SAT percentile, and racked up an average 3.7 GPA, and 68% of Freshmen graduated in the top 25% of their high school class.

“I planned on CBU being a catch-up step,” says alumnus David Berges (’71), retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hexcel-Schwebel, a composite materials producer based in Stamford, Connecticut. “I thought I’d transfer to a big-name school sophomore year. But the quality and dedication of the teaching staff convinced me otherwise. I struggled from a mid-term D in that first math course, through 18-21 credit hour semesters and summer school to graduate cum-laude in four years. I was finally doing what I wanted to do - I found the whole experience very satisfying.”

For Veterans

Lastly, CBU placed twenty-second 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.

There were 721 schools ranked among the Best Colleges for Veterans across 10 separate ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West).

“The College of Adult Professional Studies values the knowledge and experience veterans have acquired outside the traditional college classroom” summarized Toni M. Bennett, Dean of College Adult Professional Studies. “We want to help our veterans put their experience to work so they can realize their dream of earning an Associates or Bachelor degree.”

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.


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 Joshua Colfer at 12:30 AM

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