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


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. 


Best Online Programs: Bachelor's

U.S. News & World Report has awarded national honors to Belhaven University Online. The University has earned a top ranking in the category of Best Online Bachelor's Programs. 


Best Colleges: Regional Universities (South)

For years, U.S. News & World Report has honored Belhaven University with awards for its excellence in higher education and ranked Belhaven among the best regional universities in the South. 


Best Colleges: Undergraduate Teaching

Top college administrators voted on the Best Undergraduate Teaching accolade and recognized Belhaven’s focus and strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. 


Best Colleges: Best Value Schools

U.S. News & World Report has listed Belhaven University among its “Best Value” colleges, honoring Belhaven’s commitment to making a private Christian education affordable. 

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

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

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


College of Distinction: Nursing

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


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

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. 

Kevin Russell

“Being recognized for over 10 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

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 Advanced Education

MAE also honored Belhaven’s military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. 


Hardest College to Get Into

Business Insider named Belhaven as Mississippi's "Hardest College to Get Into." Belhaven's selectivity helps to prepare students for their academic careers. 


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. 


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. 

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

Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.

Matthew 7:24