Coastal Carolina University drops in “Best College” rankings

Emilee Mullis hula hoops during the Love Your Body Day celebration at Coastal Carolina University.
Emilee Mullis hula hoops during the Love Your Body Day celebration at Coastal Carolina University.

Coastal Carolina University dropped a few spots overall in the latest edition of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings, but gained some points in the best value category.

The report, which was released last week, placed CCU in the No. 63 spot on the list of Best Regional Universities (South division). CCU tied with St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Fla. for its ranking, which is six spots lower than last year.

63 Coastal Carolina University’s 2016 spot on U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges”

“For the past several years, Coastal’s ranking has been in the upper 50’s and lower 60’s,” said Ralph Byington, provost and executive vice president at CCU. “When you break down the scores of the schools that are around us in the rankings, the results are very close.”

The university ranked No. 57 last year and No. 62 in 2013.

CCU ranks sixth in South for Best Value School, which is three spots higher than last year’s ranking of No. 9. Converse College in Spartanburg and The Citadel in Charleston ranked third and fifth, respectively.

“We are very excited that CCU continues to move up the ranks as sixth in the South among all schools in the Best Value category,” Byington said.

3 Number of spots CCU’s “Best Value” ranking improved

“This is what students, prospective students and parents are seeking – a great educational experience at a great value, and CCU will continue to make this a top priority,” Byington said.

CCU was booted to No. 48 in Best College for Veterans category, in which the school scored No. 22 last year.

The university reached No. 26 in Top Public Schools in the South. Winthrop University in Rock Hill claimed the eighth spot, College of Charleston nabbed No. 4 and The Citadel scored the top spot for Top Public School in the South.

The 2016 U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” edition includes data on almost 1,800 colleges and universities and includes statistics on borrowing, costs and graduation rates. The rankings measure the strength of the academic programs at undergraduate institutions, with eligible schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence.

Claire Byun: 626-0381, @Claire_TSN