First-year experiences, undergraduate teaching, social mobility and study-abroad opportunities are among other top rankings highlighted in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
September 12, 2022 (Decatur, Georgia) – For an unprecedented fifth year in a row, Agnes Scott College has been recognized as the nation’s #1 most innovative liberal arts college according to the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. The college maintained its #1 spot for first-year experiences, placed #3 for learning communities and rose to #3 for study abroad and #6 for senior capstone, among all U.S. higher education institutions. Among liberal arts colleges, Agnes Scott also ranked #3 for best undergraduate teaching and #7 for social mobility. Additionally, Agnes Scott jumped up 14 spots to #26 among Best Value Schools.
“Our students have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a curriculum that instills a global mindset and approach to both their academic and personal life pursuits. From their first year to commencement and beyond, Agnes Scott gives students the tools to claim their place as leaders in our communities, workplaces and world,” said Leocadia I. Zak, president of Agnes Scott College. “Our goal is to promote a culture of excellence where our students’ intellectual curiosities are celebrated and nurtured and where inclusivity is a part of daily campus life.”
The 2022-2023 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 1,500 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 from schools, while a peer assessment survey of college and university leaders collects additional information used to calculate an academic reputation score.
Founded in 1889, today’s Agnes Scott represents a diverse community with nearly 60 percent of the student body representing communities of color. One-third identify as African-American and 14 percent Hispanic. Two of every five Agnes Scott students are Pell-Grant eligible and 29 percent are first-generation college students, both indicators of socioeconomic diversity and opportunities for increased social mobility.
A first-year global immersion experience, an integrated digital literacy focus and increasing emphasis placed on career exposure opportunities are among the initiatives Agnes Scott is pushing that drive positive student experiences and post-graduate professional success. These highlight the intentionality behind an Agnes Scott student’s four-year journey known as SUMMIT.
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.
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 Experiences, No. 3 Best Undergraduate Teaching and No. 7 Social Mobility in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, 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.