HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - William Carey University has been recognized as an America's Best College for 2016 by the Women's Choice Award, a leading referral source for women.
Carey was ranked as number 27 of 1,585 institutions listed in the annual rankings of America's best colleges and universities. The objective and quantitative rankings also placed Carey as the top school in the state of Mississippi.
Schools are ranked using criteria including four-year graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, educational reputation, educational depth and campus safety. The reputation criteria factors in female admission rates and enrollment rates, as well as out-of-state enrollment, to indicate student perceptions of the institution.
Educational depth is a measurement that considers both the levels of degrees granted and the mix of undergraduate and graduate students. Safety rankings were based on three years of campus crime rates, which are publicly reported through the 1990 Jeanne Clery Act. Data was derived from information collected on a mandatory basis by the U.S. Department of Education.
"I was delighted, but not surprised, when I heard about our high ranking," said Dr. Lorie Watkins, an associate professor of language and literature. "Carey fosters a very supportive environment for women through participation in the Mississippi Network of Women in Higher Education. As the institutional representative for this network, I have seen firsthand a variety of challenging and rewarding situations that women working in higher education face, and I'm proud that our institution actively supports female students, staff and faculty."
Adrienne Madden, a junior biology and chemistry major from Purvis, said the ranking makes her even more proud to be a student at Carey.
"Carey's appeal to female students is strong for a number of reasons, including awesome scholarship opportunities and solid academic programs," said Madden. "This ranking shows that Carey is a safe and strong place for any student to excel."
The rankings are the only comprehensive survey of options in higher learning compiled exclusively for women. The Women's Choice Award's mission is to help women make smart choices through education, empowerment and validation. For more information or to view the full rankings, click here.