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Belmont ranks No. 6 in U.S. News & World Report best regional colleges

For the 10th year in a row, Belmont has ranked within the top 10 universities in the South region in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual College Ranking.

This year Belmont tied with James Madison University, securing a No. 6 ranking out of 148 other southern schools.

The university also maintained its 2017 No. 4 ranking in “Best College for Veterans,” along with No. 4 rankings for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and “Most Innovative Schools.”

“Belmont’s consistent presence near the top of it’s category, along with 11 straight years of being recognized for innovation, indicate we are fulfilling our mission to equip students to transform their communities and the world at large,” said Belmont President Dr. Robert Fisher in a statement.

The report ranks the most innovative schools by looking at improvements in areas like curriculum, faculty and facilities. Belmont was the only university in Tennessee to rank in this category.

This recognition for Belmont’s innovation follows a year of major growth for the university, with the construction of Tall Hall, the acquisition of the O’More College of Design and the highest enrollment numbers in Belmont history.

“Great universities don’t just happen. They are built through the dedication of faculty, staff and supporters who devote time and energy to creating challenging academics, state-of-the-art facilities, a welcoming environment and pioneering approaches to education,” Fisher said in the statement.

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This article written by Bailey O’Neil. Photo by Caroline Cathey.

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