US News Ranks Lee Top School in the South Share Tweet Email LinkedIn 09/13/16 Top News University Wide All Inclusive (left to right) Lee students Brandon Webb, a sophomore accounting major from Henderson, Tennessee; Naudia O’Steen, a sophomore English and history major from Knoxville; Barret Sinclair, a senior business management major from Fairhope, Alabama; Charity Parris, a junior English major from Cleveland, Tennessee; and Preston Bauch, a sophomore business major from Nashville.Lee University ranks in the “top tier” of the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” edition. This special edition was released on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Lee ranked high in two categories this year. The category, “Best Regional Universities,” ranked Lee as #56 out of 105 top tier universities and a total of 140 schools.Lee was also listed among the “A+ Schools for B Students” category, which lists colleges and universities alphabetically by region. This ranking included 25 schools from the south. Along with Lee, other universities such as Belmont, Appalachian State, and Samford were mentioned. U.S. News has been ranking colleges for 32 years and continues to be a closely watched college ranking. The magazine reviewed nearly 1,600 colleges and universities nationwide for the 2017 annual issue.It ranked Princeton as America’s best university, followed by Harvard, University of Chicago, and Yale.