Mars Hill University jumps 10 spots in latest U.S. News ranking – Mountain Xpress

Press release from Mars Hill University:
One of the country’s top college rankings guides gives Mars Hill University high marks. U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Colleges ranking puts Mars Hill in the top 20 colleges in the South, and as a top college in the region for veterans.
The university’s ranking in the category of Best Regional Colleges – South jumped ten spots, from number 29 last year to number 19 for 2022-23. U.S. News defines regional colleges as those with a strong focus on the liberal arts and programs such as business and nursing, and with a primary focus on undergraduate education.
“Jumping ten places in a national ranking when the competition is so fierce is a tribute to the people who work at Mars Hill University,” said MHU President Tony Floyd. “Over the last few years, we have experienced significant change and a lot of headwinds during the pandemic, but our people have selflessly given to our students and it is showing. Our dedication to being student-centric is causing us to rise across the board and word is spreading, people are noticing.”
“I’m proud to be associated with a remarkably dedicated faculty and staff,” added Tracy Parkinson, executive vice president and provost at MHU. “When we see successful students and programs here, it is a direct result of their commitment.”
U.S. News also rated Mars Hill as the number-two institution in the category of Best Colleges for Veterans – Regional Colleges (South). That category recognizes the top-ranked schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.
“I am very proud that we have risen to #2 in the military ranking,” said Floyd. “Many schools are focused on this and the fact that we are singled out as being excellent for military families is heartwarming. We will continue to do everything within our power to help our military heroes and their families find their paths in life.”
The rankings are based on such criteria as academic peer assessments, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni support. U.S. News describes its rankings as the most comprehensive guide to colleges and college admissions. The rankings were released online on September 12, 2022, and also will be published in the “Best Colleges 2023” guidebook in October.
About Mars Hill University:
Mars Hill University is a premier private, liberal arts institution offering over 30 baccalaureate degrees, as well as master’s degrees in criminal justice, elementary education, teaching, and management. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina.
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