Agnes Scott College Ranked #1 Most Innovative for Fourth Consecutive Year by U.S. News

Social mobility, undergraduate teaching and first-year experience among other top rankings from U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges edition

September 13, 2021 (Decatur, Georgia) – For the fourth consecutive year, Agnes Scott College has been recognized as the nation’s #1 most innovative liberal arts college in U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges’ rankings. Among U.S. liberal arts colleges, Agnes Scott also ranked #2 for best undergraduate teaching and #6 for social mobility. The college also maintained its #1 spot for first-year experience and rose to #2 for learning communities, both among all U.S. higher education institutions.

“Agnes Scott continues to be a trailblazer and thought leader in liberal arts education as an institution committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive intellectual community that supports students from first-year orientation through commencement and beyond,” said Leocadia I. Zak, president of Agnes Scott. “We are honored to be recognized as a top institution by U.S. News & World Report and thrilled that our reputation continues to grow around the nation.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges’ rankings are an important tool as students and their families begin to research their higher education options. More than 1,400 schools were ranked on 17 measures of academic quality, including: graduation and retention rates, social mobility, faculty resources, financial resources per student and average alumni giving rate. Data is collected each spring and summer directly from the schools while a peer assessment survey to college and university leadership collects additional information to calculate undergraduate academic reputation.

Founded in 1889, today’s Agnes Scott represents a diverse, progressive community laser-focused on leadership development, global learning and professional success. More than 60% of the student body represents communities of color with 33% being African American and 15% Hispanic. More than 40% are Pell Grant eligible and 32% are first-generation college students, both indicators of socioeconomic diversity and opportunities for social mobility. A first-year global immersion experience, an integrated digital literacy focus and ongoing career exposure opportunities are among curriculum highlights at Agnes Scott that drive positive student experiences and professional success. These and other focus areas are part of every student’s four-year journey known as SUMMIT.

“Agnes Scott continues to be a trailblazer and thought leader in liberal arts education as an institution committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive intellectual community that supports students from first-year orientation through commencement and beyond.”

President Leocadia I. Zak

“The programs and curriculum at Agnes Scott represent a very modern approach to liberal arts education that provides opportunities for our students to grow into social, political and economic game changers,” noted Zak. “I can’t wait to see the next generation of scientists, elected officials, advocates, entrepreneurs and more that emerge from our classrooms.”

To learn more about Agnes Scott College and its holistic approach to liberal arts education, click here. For the full list of rankings along with details about the measurement process, visit U.S. News & World Report here.
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About Agnes Scott College 

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Ranked No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 1 First-Year Experience and No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S. News & World Report in its 2022 Best Colleges edition, Agnes Scott is a premier institution known for SUMMIT, its signature approach to a liberal arts education focusing on global learning and leadership development. Learn more at agnesscott.edu.

 

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