U.S. News & World Report places Jacksonville University in the top 30 best schools in the South

U.S. News & World Report places Jacksonville University in the top 30 best schools in the South

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

Jacksonville University has been ranked in the top 30 schools in the South according to U.S. News & World Report.

This is the second consecutive year that JU has found itself on the annual ranking of select U.S. colleges and universities.

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Out of 134 universities, Jacksonville University was ranked 29 overall on the list of Best Regional Colleges—South, which also includes a 10-point overall improvement in scoring from last year.

U.S. News calculates top schools based on academic quality, and places emphasis on measurable outcomes including graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility.

“We are pleased to see that our overall score, which U.S. News & World Report uses to determine our ranking, has improved by 10 points (from 55 to 65), reflecting improvement across several key indicators that focus primarily on student success before and after graduation,” said Will Miller, executive director of Institutional Analytics, Effectiveness and Strategic Planning.

“With many U.S. News indicators utilizing multiyear rolling averages, we expect to continue ascending in this ranking as our student success metrics also continue to climb,” Miller said.

JU was also named one of the Best Value Schools in the South, elevating its position to 37, one step up from last year.

The university is also on the list for Best Colleges for Veterans, at 16.

Jacksonville University has been ranked among the top regional colleges or universities in the South every year since 2004 by U.S. News & World Report.

Nearly 1,400 colleges and universities were included in the 36th edition of the rankings.