High Rankings & Prestigious Honors

Belhaven University’s motto is “To serve, not to be served,” so we are a little cautious in talking about the praise we receive. On the other hand, we’re very proud of the faculty, staff, and students who have earned accolades for Belhaven from respected organizations across the country.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

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Best Online Programs

Belhaven University has earned award-winning rankings from U.S. News & World Report 2024 for Best Online Programs. U.S. News evaluated several factors to rank the best online bachelor's degree programs, including graduation rates, faculty credentials, and support services available remotely.

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Best Online Programs for Veterans

U.S. News & World Report also ranked Belhaven University best online programs for veterans, measuring veteran or active-duty enrollment in the program. These rankings highlight the University’s continued commitment to online educational excellence as well as its strong support for veteran and active-duty students.

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Best Colleges: Social Mobility

Belhaven University has earned accolades from U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges for Social Mobility for advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating disadvantaged students who were awarded with Pell Grants. 

Colleges of Distinction


College of Distinction

College of Distinction honored Belhaven for the excellence of its programs and because the university is “highly recommended by those in-the-know about college education.” This commendation rewards Belhaven for classes taught by real professors, rather than graduate students or teaching assistants.

Additionally they reward Belhaven’s vibrant classrooms characterized by study abroad programs and scientific research that services learning and internships. College of Distinction also notes the many exciting hands-on programs, residential communities, and the school’s long track record of successful graduates. 

College of Distinction - Business

College of Distinction: Business

Belhaven's School of Business was recognized for its commitment to offering real-world experience, job placement, a Biblically focused multi-disciplinary curriculum, industry connections and quality of faculty. 

College of Distinction - Education

College of Distinction: Education

Belhaven's School of Education was recognized for its innovative approach by Colleges of Distinction.

College of Distinction - Nursing

College of Distinction: Nursing

Belhaven was honored by Colleges of Distinction for our expert blending of liberal arts with professional programming in nursing. 

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College of Distinction: Christian Colleges

Christian Colleges of Distinction bestowed national recognition on Belhaven as an excellent school with a strong focus on teaching undergraduates, highlighting a wide variety of innovative learning experiences and active campus life with many opportunities for personal development. Belhaven is also highly valued by graduate schools and employers for its career preparation. 

College of Distinction - Mississippi

College of Distinction: Mississippi

Only four institutions in the state of Mississippi are honored by CollegesofDistinction.com, which focuses its ratings on four distinct categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities, and successful outcomes. 

College of Distinction

“Being recognized for over a decade years as a College of Distinction is a direct result of our commitment to innovation in the ways we meet the needs of our students.” 

Dr. Kevin Russell, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing 

More Academic Honors

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Doctoral/Professional University 

Belhaven University has earned Doctoral/Professional University status, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.


Transfer Honor Roll 

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) has nationally recognized Belhaven University for its commitment to transfer students. This award is given to four-year colleges and universities with proven outcomes for transfer success providing a supportive and smooth transition from community college. 


Home-School Friendly

Belhaven was honored as one of the country’s Most Home-School Friendly Colleges. Among one college or university selected from each state, Belhaven receives high reviews from the homeschool community and has a rich history of accepting homeschoolers. 


Best Colleges for Your Money

Money.com has recognized Belhaven’s quality and affordability, and honored the University with the “Best Colleges for Your Money” accolade. 


Military Friendly

Belhaven University has earned the Military Friendly®️ School designation for its long history of supporting the U.S. Military in their pursuit of higher education.


Colleges That Encourage Character Development

The Templeton Guide: Colleges That Encourage Character Development has recognized Belhaven for leadership in the field of student character development for spiritual growth programs. 


Top 100 Colleges

Educate to Career named Belhaven as one of the nation's Top 100 colleges in its outcome-based rankings. The ETC rankings empirically determine the economic value added by each of the 1224 colleges ranked within our system. The rankings calculate the improvement in earnings and employability of persons who attended specific colleges, relative to those similarly situated in other colleges. 

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National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Belhaven University is a participant of NC-SARA. The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a private nonprofit organization that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs.

Workplace Accolades


Great College to Work For

ModernThink designated the University in its top tier as an Honor Roll institution. 


Best Christian Workplace 

This award recognizes only 22 Christian business and nonprofit organizations in the country that excel in job satisfaction, Christian witness, personal development, teamwork and management. 

Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13