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ELKINS – For the second year in a row, Davis & Elkins College has moved up into the Regional Colleges South category to maintain a top position in the 2022-2023 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges ranking.

The College gained 9 points in its category, improved its overall score by 8 points, and won first place in social mobility in West Virginia for its category.

In the Regional Colleges South category, 132 schools were assessed on their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. D&E ranked 18th in this category, up from 27th last year, placing it in the top 15%. In the Top Performers on Social Mobility, D&E rose to 23rd place, a jump from 47th place last year. Overall, Davis & Elkins scored 63 out of a possible 100 points.

Commenting on recent rankings, D&E President Chris A. Wood said: “To be ranked in the top 15% of regional colleges in the South is simply confirmation of the high quality educational experience that awaits students. Equally important, being ranked #1 in West Virginia in the Regional Colleges South category in social mobility affirms that D&E attracts and serves students from low-income families, and thus successfully increases their opportunities to improve their economic prospects. , career advancement, and quality of life. Simply put, Davis & Elkins College is a gem in the mountains of Randolph County.

Social mobility performance measures a college’s success in enrolling and graduating largely disadvantaged students on Pell grants. The majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family income is less than $50,000. In the current academic year, 40% of D&E students have received Pell grants.

Now in their 38th year, US News & World Report has rated 1,500 colleges and universities on 17 measures of academic quality. Schools are categorized into ranking categories including National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Colleges, and Regional Universities.

Regional colleges and universities are divided into eight categories based on geographic location and whether or not they offer master’s degrees. The US News & World Report Best Colleges Ranking offers resources for students and their parents to better understand which college or university best suits their needs.

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