Samford University and University of Mobile are ranked among the leading universities in the state and nation, according to two recently released lists of top colleges.
The 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings released Sept. 13 puts Samford at 37th in the country on the Best Undergraduate Teaching list, placing it among the top 1% of colleges and universities in the country. Samford is the only university in Alabama on the list.
Samford also was included in the Best Value Schools ranking, placing 97th on the list, which ranks colleges offering the best value for students in terms of academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid.
Overall, Samford ranks 136th on the Best Colleges list out of 391 national universities, which includes the largest and most prestigious private and public institutions in the United States. The ranking criteria include academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, class size, faculty/student ratios and peer assessments from higher education leaders.
Samford’s Moffett & Sanders School of Nursing and Brock School of Business also were recognized in U.S. News’ national rankings.
Tops in the region
U.S. News ranks UM as the top regional college in Alabama for veterans and 9th best regional college in the South for veterans.
UM also was ranked 15th among Best Regional Colleges in the South and No. 30 on the list of Best Value Regional Colleges in the South.
University of Mobile also ranked No. 37 among the top 50 regional colleges in the South when it comes to enrolling and graduating economically disadvantaged students.
The ranking site Niche also released its 2022 ratings of public and private universities. The rankings were determined by academics, value, student life and other factors.
On Niche’s list of Best College Campuses in Alabama, University of Mobile ranks No. 2 and Samford ranks No. 6.
University of Mobile also ranked No. 1 in Best College Dorms out of 24 colleges in Alabama; and No. 2 in the state for Safest College Campus in Alabama.
Nationally, UM ranked No. 19 of 1,392 colleges for best dorms and No. 22 of 1,419 on the list of Best College Campuses in America. (Click here to see University of Mobile’s full rankings.)
Samford ranks No. 5 on the list of Safest College Campuses in Alabama and No. 1 on the list of Top Private Universities in Alabama.
Niche also ranks Samford No. 34 out of 364 on the list of Best Christian Colleges in America. (Click here to see Samford’s full rankings.)
Click here to see the full list of rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
Click here to see the full rankings from Niche.
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