U.S. News Ranks Belhaven Top University in the SouthSeptember 15, 2016 (Jackson, Miss.) - U.S. News & World Report released their 2017 Best Colleges and awarded Belhaven a top ranking for best regional university in the South. This is the fourth consecutive time the University was recognized for its excellence in higher education, and the ranking was significantly higher this year.

“We are thrilled to be named a top university in the South,” said Belhaven University President Dr. Roger Parrott. ““I'm pleased that many important college rankings, including U.S. News, Colleges of Distinction, Best Christian Colleges and Universities, Military Friendly and others have recognized the significance of a Belhaven education. It affirms what we already know about the quality of our students and faculty.”

A regional university, according to U.S. News & World Report, is one that provides a full range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The category includes 621 universities ranked with four geographic areas - North, South, Midwest and West.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked up to 16 measures of academic quality. The rankings also emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the methodology.