Even better news for Lee was the schools listing as one of America’s “Up and Coming” institutions, one of only 68 schools of all types and sizes in the country.
The magazine describes this list as “institutions which have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, or campus facilities.” This is Lee’s second time to win this honor.
Other colleges on the “up and comers” list include such schools as Wake Forest, Emory, Belmont, and Pepperdine Universities.
Lee also landed a spot on a new ranking called “A Strong Commitment to Teaching.” These are institutions which college presidents and deans across the South regard as “doing the best job of educating undergraduates.
Lee tied for sixth place, with the Citadel and James Madison University, among Southern institutions on this list.
More than 1,900 colleges and universities nationwide are part of the USN&WR rankings, which have become a popular feature of college life each autumn. In the rankings, Lee is considered a “regional university,” a category which includes 572 universities which provide master’s programs as well as a full range of undergraduate majors.
Lee was also ranked No. 14 in the South in a category called “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which lists colleges it says offers students “the most significant values among colleges that are above average academically.”
Phil Cook, vice president for enrollment at Lee, called the positive rankings “another sign that Lee University has made its way to the top of colleges and universities in the South.”
He said Lee officials are “particularly proud to be recognized for being leaders in our attention to teaching, and very happy that we are regarded as a rising star in higher education in this region.”