U.S. News Ranks Lee Top Regional University Share Tweet Email LinkedIn 09/12/17 Top News University Wide All Inclusive Lee University saw its ranking rise once again this year in the popular U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2018” edition. This special edition released on Tuesday, Sept. 12. This year Lee claimed its spot in the top 50 “Best Regional Universities.” Lee was ranked at #48 out of 142 Southern universities which were included in the 142 ranked schools, which included masters-level universities, both public and private. The schools are ranked by graduation rate, peer-assessment, freshman retention rate, student-faculty ratio, and acceptance rate, among several other factors. Also ranked with the university in this category were other nearby schools including University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (#57), University of North Georgia (#61), and Carson Newman University (#66).Lee was also listed among the prestigious category called “A+ Schools for B Students” category, which lists several dozen top-tier colleges and universities alphabetically by regions. This ranking included only 25 schools from the South. Lee was included along with schools such as Samford University, Berry College, and Appalachian State University. This ranking displays universities average ACT scores, average high school GPA of incoming freshman, and the percentage of incoming freshman who graduated in the top 25 percent of their class. U.S. News has been ranking colleges for 33 years and continues to be a closely watched college ranking. The magazine reviewed over 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide for the 2018 annual issue. It ranked Princeton as America’s best national university, followed by Harvard and University of Chicago. For more information, visit Best Colleges 2018.