Alderson Broaddus University continues to earn high rankings in the U.S. News & World Report

Alderson Broaddus University once again received high rankings in the college research website U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best College Rankings. This year, AB has received recognition for ranking among the highest in West Virginia colleges and universities in two different regional categories, further highlighting the university’s quality of education.

Alderson Broaddus was featured as one of the best among West Virginia colleges and regionally in the 2021 Best Regional Colleges in the South category.

The 366 Regional Colleges – including 170 public institutions, 185 private schools, and 11 for-profits – focus on undergraduate education but grant less than 50% of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. The Regional Colleges category includes some institutions where only a small number of the degrees awarded are at the bachelor’s level. Regional Colleges are placed into one of four geographic divisions, and AB falls within the South.

The second distinction is a first for Alderson Broaddus. The U.S. News ranking place AB alongside the top economically diverse in the 2021 Regional Colleges South Social Mobility category.

To determine which colleges and universities offer access for all students, regardless of economic status, U.S. News measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. Although the proportion of students with Pell grants – most of which are awarded to people with family incomes under $20,000 – isn’t a perfect measure of social mobility, U.S. News believes that Pell figures are the best available gauge of institutions’ relative commitment to accessibility.

“Our latest rankings reflect the continued progress we are making,” said President Dr. James “Tim” Barry. “The recognition would not be possible without every valuable member of the AB community. We each go a long way to support the mission of the institution, as well as maintain the highest standards.”

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About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

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