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Lenoir-Rhyne recognized as among best universities in the South, 7th in South for teaching

“U.S. News & World Report” continues to recognize Lenoir-Rhyne University as a top university in the South. This year’s 2022-23 Best Colleges publication ranks Lenoir-Rhyne as follows:

  • Undergraduate Teaching - Regional Universities South #7
  • Best Value - Regional Universities South #21
  • Regional Universities South #41
  • Social Mobility - Regional Universities South #42

“We are gratified that U.S. News has recognized LR for what we have long known—that our faculty provide an extraordinary experience for our students,” said Dr. Fred Whitt, university president. “Additionally, we know that our focus on affordability and access has made us a top destination in the South for value and social mobility.”

The Best Colleges list, which serves as a guide for prospective students and their families, is published annually in the fall by “U.S. News and World Report.”

To calculate the rankings, “U.S. News” focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures, including graduation rates, retention rates, graduate indebtedness and social mobility. Outcomes are the mostly highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 40% to each school’s overall score.

Some 96% of Lenoir-Rhyne University graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. For more information about Lenoir-Rhyne University, its majors and degree programs, visit

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