Accolades and Recognition


US News regional badge 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.
Online Bachelor badge U.S. News & World Report awarded national honors to Belhaven University Online. The University earned a top ranking in the category of Best Online Bachelor's Programs.
US News Undergrad Teacher badge Top college administrators voted on the Best Undergraduate Teaching accolade and recognized Belhaven’s focus and strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
US News Social Mobility badge Additionally, the 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.
  Belhaven University has earned Doctoral/Professional University status, as determined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
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Belhaven has developed a high-quality online program that allows students greater flexibility to balance their education and the many demands of life. Students attending one of America’s Best Online Colleges are getting a higher quality education and economically relevant programs that lead to successful career paths.
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For the past decade, Belhaven has been identified as a university that provides students a high-quality education in a Christian environment, consistent with its mission “To Serve, Not To Be Served."
College of Distinction College of Distinction Award
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 School of 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 School of Education  Belhaven's School of Education was recognized for its innovative approach by Colleges of Distinction.
College of Distinction Nursing School Nursing  Already recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education, Belhaven was further honored for its expert blending of liberal arts with professional programming in nursing.
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Business Insider named Belhaven as Mississippi's "Hardest College to Get Into." Belhaven's selectivity helps to prepare students for their academic careers.
PTK image 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.
Educate to Career Ranking ETC, Educate to Career
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.


Templeton Guide The Templeton Guide: 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.

College of Distinction College of Distinction Award
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.
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ModernThink designated the University in its top tier as an Honor Roll institution.
Best Christian Workplace= for 2013 Best Christian Workplace
Best Christian Workplace for 2013. 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.
College of Distinction College of Distinction Award
Only four institutions the state of Mississippi were honored by, which focuses its ratings on four distinct categories: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant campus communities and successful outcomes.


Best Online Education Programs U.S. News & World Report
Belhaven’s online program was also noted in its region and ranked in 2014 among regionally accredited institutions that offer online bachelor's and online master's degree programs in seven disciplines. U.S. News & World Report cited Belhaven among the best for its online bachelor's degree programs that help veterans reduce the cost of school in 2014.
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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.
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Belhaven’s ability to recruit and retain military veterans as employees and students was nationally heralded. With this award Belhaven was also celebrated for its skill in helping military students find meaningful employment.
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MAE also honored Belhaven’s military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services.


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U.S. News & World Report lists Belhaven University among its “Best Value” colleges, honoring Belhaven’s commitment to making a private Christian education affordable.
Money badge has recognized Belhaven’s quality and affordability, and honored the University with the “Best Colleges for Your Money” accolade.
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America's 100 Best College Buys awarded Belhaven for exceptional educational opportunities and identified the university for providing students the very highest quality education at the lowest cost.


Belhaven University is a member of the Mississippi Association of Independent Colleges, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.