MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) continues its long-standing status among the Top Tier of Southern Universities according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” CBU is ranked 26th of 132 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.
CBU was also recognized by U.S. News as offering one of the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs in the nation. Inclusion in the national engineering program rankings is based entirely upon surveys conducted among engineering school deans and faculty members at programs accredited by ABET, formerly known as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
CBU ranked seventh for “Best Value” among its Southern peer universities. This ranking takes into account CBU’s academic quality 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 ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges whose academic programs are considered above average.
For students who are interested in a multicultural environment, CBU ranked third in in the South for Campus Ethnic Diversity among its peers. The Ethnic Diversity ranking identifies colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from ethnic groups different from their own. U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. In its measurements, U.S. News notes that CBU’s student body is 46% white, 32% black, 7% Asian, and 6% Hispanic, with the remaining 9% multiracial or unknown.
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. This U.S. News designation is measured according to CBU’s freshman retention rate and its overall high performance in the 2015 rankings.
Using a proprietary methodology, the annual U.S. News & 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.