Mississippi College

MC Rated Among America's Top Colleges

August 18, 2008

Mississippi College landed a spot on the first Forbes.com list of "America's Best Colleges."

Best known for in-depth stories that tell readers of the latest financial news and trends spanning the globe, the new listing by Forbes.com ranks 569 undergraduate institutions. The rankings are based on the quality of education at the colleges and universities and how much their students are achieving, says the Forbes.com Web site.

Forbes.com developed the list in conjunction with Dr. Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

Baptist-affiliated MC is rated 129th best in the United States, with annual costs listed at $22,186. MC finished one notch ahead of Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama where costs to students are $34,373 per-year.

The top-ranked school in the Forbes.com survey is Princeton University in New Jersey with the Ivy League school reporting costs of $47,975, with California Institute of Technology second, and another Ivy Leaguer - Harvard University - rated third. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania is fourth, and Williams College in Massachusetts fifth followed by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in sixth place. Also making the list in 124th place is Methodist-affiliated Millsaps College in Jackson where costs are $34,460 annually.

MC officials are happy with the new ranking, the first for Forbes.

Since MC's alumni "have done so well and occupy so many prominent positions - that is why we are so high on the list," said Debbie Norris, vice president for planning and assessment and MC graduate school dean. "I'm pleased to see us listed as one of the top schools," she added. "It speaks well for us."

MC reported a record enrollment of 4,600 students last fall, and expects to see numbers climb beyond 5,000 this fall. The numbers include the main Clinton campus, the MC School of Law in downtown Jackson, and satellite locations in Brandon and Madison.

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