Forbes places ACU among top U.S. colleges

Posted August 04, 2011

According to Forbes magazine, ACU is one of the best colleges in the nation. The publication's Top Colleges is an annual list that ranks the top 20 percent of undergraduate institutions across the country.

ACU came in at No. 527 on the list, which bases its rankings on five categories: Post Graduate success, Student Satisfaction, Debt, Four-Year Graduation Rate and Competitive Awards. ACU was also ranked at No. 372 among all private colleges and No. 151 of colleges in the South.

On the overall list, fellow Christian institutions fared well. Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., ranked No. 535, Azusa Pacific near Los Angeles came in at No. 322 and Pepperdine University came in at an impressive No. 104.

The rankings are generated for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, D.C., think tank. It takes into account alumni pay and prominence, professor evaluations on, freshman and sophomore year retention rates, and the number of students winning prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as Rhodes, Marshall and Fulbright. Schools are penalized for high student debt loads and default rates.

See ACU's full profile on Forbes here.