September 15, 2011
With the release of 28th edition of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2012 - the oldest rankings with the most consistent and transparent methodology - this year's college "ranking season" reached a crescendo.
In the 2012 U.S. News & World Report rankings, Hampden-Sydney has much to be proud of. Ranked 94 in Best National Liberal Arts Colleges, this is a 17-place rise from 2011 (a feat unequaled in the Top 100 by any other college but Austin). Hampden-Sydney stands 3rd among ranked private liberal arts colleges in Virginia.
A one-time statistic is interesting, but trends are more important. About a decade ago, Hampden-Sydney began its ascent from the third tier*. In 2002 rankings, the College moved from the third tier to the second (then unranked numerically). Falling back into the third tier in 2003; rising into the second tier (rank 106) in 2004; falling back into the third tier in 2005. From that point an upward trend was established: 2006 - 104; 2007 - 104; 2008 - 106; 2009 - 98 - 2010 - 97; 2011 - 111; 2012 - 94. The drop in 2011 is unexplainable but illustrates that one year does not establish a trend. The U.S. News & World Report rankings recognize the College's steady and sustained improvement. The College's "Overall Score," which reflects a combination of factors including peer assessment, has risen from 49 (out of 100) in 2003 to 58 this year. In the same period the acceptance rate has declined from 71% to 54%. The graduation rate has risen from 61% to 68%.
Other Rankings of Interest:
Hampden-Sydney is ranked by Forbes 19 among Southern Colleges.
Forbes: National Ranks of Virginia Colleges and Universities
PayScale: Top Southern Colleges By Salary Potential