Bethany Ranks Strong as National Liberal Arts College by U.S. News and World Report

BETHANY, W.Va. — Continuing a streak of impressive national rankings, Bethany College is the only West Virginia college and one of just five Appalachian College Association institutions ranked among the top national liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

Bethany was ranked in the top 187 in the category nationally, according to the study released recently. “National Liberal Arts Colleges” are undergraduate liberal arts colleges emphasizing undergraduate education and awarding at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.

The College has received a number of recent accolades. In an August report released on its web site, Forbes magazine ranked Bethany as the number one college in West Virginia, as well as 68th in affordability and one of the nation’s top 175 four-year undergraduate colleges and universities. With more than 4,000 colleges in the United States, the 600 schools that appear in the Forbes rankings represent the top 14 percent of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions, placing Bethany in the top four percent nationally.

The Princeton Review named Bethany one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast, selecting the school as one of 141 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Bethany College was also identified as one of the nation’s top bargains in higher education in the tenth edition of “Barron’s Best Buys in College Education,” one of 231 colleges and universities selected by Barron’s for offering the best combination of an outstanding education and an affordable price.

Among the 36 ACA colleges, Bethany, Berea (Ky.) College, Emory & Henry (Va.) College, Maryville (Tenn.) College, and Sewanee, The University of the South (Tenn.) are ranked.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.