Bethany Ranks Among First Tier National Liberal Arts Colleges by
U.S. News and World Report


BETHANY, W.Va. -- Bethany College ranked solidly among First Tier National Liberal Arts Colleges according to an announcement by U.S. News and World Report released this morning. Bethany is the only West Virginia institution to be included in the First Tier listings.

Bethany is the first college in West Virginia and the fourth out of 36 colleges in the Appalachian College Association named in the overall National Liberal Arts Colleges study. "National Liberal Arts Colleges" are undergraduate liberal arts colleges emphasizing undergraduate education and awarding at least half of their degrees in the arts and sciences.

The U.S. News and World Report ranking follows close on the heels of an announcement by The Princeton Review that named Bethany one of the best colleges and universities in the Southeast. It is one of 133 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Southeast" section of its website feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region."

“Bethany College is consistently given high marks by a number of prominent ranking agencies, including U.S. News and World Report,” stated Bethany College President Scott D. Miller. “Today’s report further underscores our standing as a national liberal arts college dedicated to providing our students with an education of distinction.”

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.