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  • Alyssa Brennan

CCU ranks No. 5 in Best Value Schools in the South by U.S. News & World Report

Coastal Carolina University is ranked compared to other schools across the Southern region, which is depicted in green. Photo courtesy of the U.S. News & World Report.

Coastal Carolina University ranked at No. 5 out of 58 Best Value Schools in the Southern region for 2022 based on research done by the U.S. News and World Report.

“Our latest edition assesses 1,466 U.S. bachelor’s degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality,” U.S. News & World Report’s website said.

Rankings are determined on several factors including graduation and retention rates, social mobility, graduation rate performance, undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources for 2020-21 academic year, student selectivity for Fall 2020 entering class, financial resources per student, average alumni giving rate and graduate indebtedness.

“Coastal Carolina University is committed to offering our students a well-rounded liberal arts education at a reasonable cost,” said CCU President Michael T. Benson in an email sent out from the university. “Our continual inclusion in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings validates the hard work of all our administration, faculty, and staff. Our goal is to ensure students have access to higher education, earn their degrees, and are prepared to become productive citizens in their communities.”

CCU’s Provost and Executive Vice President Dan Ennis also shared his thoughts in the email about the university’s placement.

“We are so pleased by our placement in the Best Value category. Parents are justifiably concerned about the rising tuition. Too many students are compelled to take on crippling debt in order to secure the education needed for a modern economy. Coastal has taken steps to keep tuition flat and find efficiencies, and those efforts are reflected in that ranking,” Ennis said.

CCU also placed at No. 48 in Regional Universities (South), No. 21 in Best Colleges for Veterans, No. 15 in Best Undergraduate Teaching, No. 15 in Most Innovative Schools, No. 56 in Top Performers on Social Mobility, and No. 21 in Top Public Schools.

The university has fallen a few placements in the Regional Universities category. In 2021, CCU ranked at No. 45 in this category, after falling from its spot at No. 41 in 2020.

There is more information about CCU’s placements, and what they mean here:

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