• By Alyssa L. Brennan

CCU ranked Best Value School by U.S. News and World Report for fourth consecutive year

The United States is broken into four regions as depicted here. Coastal Carolina once again landed a top spot as a Best Value school in the South (green). Photo courtesy of U.S. News and World Report.

Coastal Carolina University placed within the top six Best Value Schools category in the U.S. News and World Report for the fourth year in a row, and also placed in six other categories.

This year CCU placed at No. 6 out of 56 universities in the Best Value category for the Southern region. The calculation for this category “takes into account the school’s academic quality and net cost of attendance,” a CCU email explained.

CCU President David A. DeCenzo commented on the university’s placements on the list.

“The Coastal Carolina University administration, faculty, and staff continue to work very hard to help raise the overall profile of the University,” said DeCenzo in an email. “We approach every day with a student-first mentality. The various rankings by U.S. News and World Report provide evidence that we are offering students a top-quality education at a reasonable cost.”

CCU also ranked No. 45 in Regional Universities, tying with University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and dropping a few places from last year’s ranking at No. 41. Regional universities are “defined as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate programs, some master’s programs, and few doctoral programs,” a CCU email explained. After meeting these qualifications, a university can be considered against others within the same region: North, South, Midwest, or West.

The university was ranked at No. 14 in the Most Innovative Schools category, tying with University of West Florida. This was the third consecutive year that CCU was listed in this category; this year placing five spots higher than last.

“Inclusion in this category is based on nominations by college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans, who were asked to nominate up to 15 colleges in their ranking categories that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities,” a CCU email said.

CCU also ranked at No. 15 in Best Undergraduate Teaching tying with four other universities in the category, and No. 19 in Top Public Schools tying, once again, with University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. The university was also placed at No. 27 at Best Colleges for Veterans which is a drop from last year’s placement at No. 25. The rankings for this category are based off which colleges provide the most “benefits for veterans and active-duty service members,” the U.S. News and World Report website said.

CCU is currently No. 70 in the Top Performers on Social Mobility category, tying with three other universities. The U.S. News and World Report website explained how the rankings in the social mobility category are determined.

“Some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants,” the U.S. News and World Report’s website said. “The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.”

To some, these placements are a sign that CCU is providing the experience that students are promised.

“Placing so high in categories that speak to our mission provide access to higher education, sends a positive message to our students and their families,” said Dan Ennis, CCU’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, in an email.

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