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Belmont holds U.S. News and World Report ranking

Belmont University kept its regional ranking in this year’s U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” ratings released Wednesday.

The school was considered the seventh-best university in the magazine’s Regional Universities – South ranking, a place school president Dr. Bob Fisher said reflected the school’s standing and success.

“These annual rankings confirm what we already know: that Belmont University continues to be a highly desired destination for the best qualified students as well as for faculty devoted to student-centered learning,” Fisher said in a statement. “I’m proud that our commitment remains strong and that our peers recognize both our innovative approach to higher education and our dedication to teaching and service.”

The school was also named an “up-and-comer” school by the magazine for the fifth year in a row, while ranking second in the South in the same category.

In the overall regional category, Belmont was outranked by Rollins College, Elon University, Stetson University, Samford University, The Citadel and James Madison University.

This is the fourth year in a row the school has been placed in the top 10 in the magazine’s southern regional rankings for universities, and the third time in four years the school was seventh in the category. In 2010, the school reached was considered the fifth-best school in its region, an all-time high.

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