Wall Street Journal names Berea College best in state in latest rankings

BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ/BC Public Relations) – The 2022 Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/Times Higher Education (THE) College Rankings have been released and Berea College is the highest-ranked school from Kentucky on the list.

Berea College came in at 148, followed by Centre College at 223, the University of Kentucky at 302, the University of Louisville at 363, Bellarmine University at 392, Transylvania University in the 401-500 range and Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University and Western Kentucky University all coming in above the 600 rank.

To determine overall ranking outcomes, the WSJ/THE survey considers 15 factors across four main categories: 40 percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes such as graduates’ salaries and debt; 30 percent comes from academic resources, including how much the college spends on teaching; 20 percent from student engagement, including how prepared students feel about using their education in the “real” world, and 10 percent from the learning environment, including the diversity of the student body and academic staff.

Berea College also ranked third on the publication’s list of “Best Value Colleges” in the nation.

“We are thrilled to be the top-ranking Kentucky college in both The Wall Street Journal/THE overall list and their ‘Best Value Colleges’ list for 2022,” said Berea College President Lyle Roelofs. “One of our Great Commitments is to extend educational opportunity to all students – regardless of race or economic resources. Our no-tuition policy allows us to provide a high-quality college education to talented students who would not otherwise be able to afford it. Rankings like these put Berea on the map as students look for an affordable and transformative college experience.”

Only two schools ranked in the top 10 for best value are private universities – Berea and Stanford. The rankings measure the best value among the top 250 schools by dividing each institution’s overall score by its net price.

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