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Mississippi College Rates as Forbes Best Buy

August 6, 2009

Mississippi College rates as one of America's top 25 "Best College Buys," in the eyes of "Forbes" magazine.

The nation's second oldest Baptist college, MC finished in 24th-place, Forbes said. Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity produces the annual rankings for campuses nationwide.

News about the results from the Forbes' Best Colleges in America rankings quickly hit the Clarion-Ledger Web site Thursday afternoon. A WAPT-TV 16 news reporter visited the MC campus. Fielding questions was Chad Phillips, the university's executive director of enrollment services and a graduate of the Christian university.

Phillips emphasized to the ABC News affiliate in Jackson that students coming to Mississippi College are getting a quality education at an affordable price. MC's enrollment of nearly 4,900 last fall was a school record. MC begins its 184th academic year with fall classes to start Aug. 26.

The ranking in "Forbes" considers the Who's Who in America results, salary data, awards for faculty and students, plus graduation rates, among other things.

In recent years, MC has also fared exceedingly well in annual national college rankings compiled by "U.S. News & World Report." The magazine's newest results should be out later this month.

The Forbes results were out just hours after MC welcomed more than 100 new students at an orientation program Thursday. Erica Sutton, a recent Holmes Community College honors graduate from Jackson, said she's enrolled at MC this fall largely because it is a Christian college and likes its academic environment.

With her father, Frank Sutton, a Hinds Justice Court judge and pastor, joining her for orientation, Erica said she's eager to begin her graphic arts studies on the Clinton campus. Frank Sutton said he likes her decision to go to MC because his daughter won't be very far away from his home in the capital city.

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