Eastern Ranks among "America's Best Colleges" for Sixth Consecutive Year

Eastern Kentucky University ranks among “America’s Best Colleges” for the sixth consecutive year, according to Forbes, the popular business magazine.

Because Forbes recognizes 650 undergraduate institutions among approximately 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions nationwide, the ranking essentially places Eastern among the top 10 percent of colleges and universities.

The report, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) from a variety of sources, ranks undergraduate institutions based on students’ satisfaction with their college experience, incurred debt, retention and graduation rates, and the success and salaries of graduates.

In its report, Forbes said: “What sets our calculation … apart from other rankings is our firm belief in ‘output’ over ‘input.’ We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank and SAT scores. Our sights are set directly on ROI: what our students are getting out of college.”

“We continue to move the needle in the right direction,” EKU President Doug Whitlock said, noting that EKU improved its ranking over the previous year. “Six years ago we were not even on this radar. Mike Benson (who assumes the Eastern presidency Aug. 1) will push us further up the food chain. We are already better than they know.”

To view the complete rankings, visit www.forbes.com/top-colleges.

Published on July 25, 2013