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Williams Enters Top Tier in US News


The latest US News and World Report college rankings have brought good news for Williams Baptist College. WBC has advanced into the top tier of southern colleges in the magazine’s 2011 edition of Best Colleges.

US News unveiled its latest college rankings on Tuesday, and Williams was ranked 62nd among liberal arts colleges in the southern region. Those in the top 75 are placed in the magazine’s first tier. WBC was previously ranked in the second tier.

"This is a very gratifying recognition," said Dr. Jerol Swaim, president of WBC. "The ranking places Williams in the company of highly respected peers throughout the south, and it demonstrates how the college’s academic standing continues to grow."

Swaim said the college’s overall score in US News was likely helped by its growing freshman retention and six-year graduation rates. Another high point for Williams, according to the president, is the fact that 86 percent of its teaching faculty are full-time, most of whom have doctorates in their fields.

"Williams has been a four-year college for 26 years now, and the college has demonstrated a consistent level of excellence that is reflected in its growing academic reputation. This ranking is a validation of the high quality education that has always existed at WBC," Swaim noted.

Williams is a four-year, liberal arts college at Walnut Ridge. It offers over 25 baccalaureate majors.

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