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9/27/2022 8:58:00 AM
LRU Recognized As Among Best In The South, 7th For Teaching
Two Students Working In Chemistry Lab
(Photo Courtesy Lenoir-Rhyne University)

Two Students Working In Chemistry Lab

(Photo Courtesy Lenoir-Rhyne University)

Lenoir-Rhyne University
Press Release

HICKORY, N.C. – “U.S. News & World Report” continues to recognize Lenoir-Rhyne University as a top university in the South. This year’s 2022-23 Best Colleges publication ranks Lenoir-Rhyne as follows:

  • Undergraduate Teaching - Regional Universities South #7
  • Best Value - Regional Universities South #21
  • Regional Universities South #41
  • Social Mobility - Regional Universities South #42

“We are gratified that U.S. News has recognized LR for what we have long known—that our faculty provides an extraordinary experience for our students,” said Dr. Fred Whitt, university president. “Additionally, we know that our focus on affordability and access has made us a top destination in the South for value and social mobility.” 

The Best Colleges list, which serves as a guide for prospective students and their families, is published annually in the fall by “U.S. News and World Report.”

To calculate the rankings, “U.S. News” focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures, including graduation rates, retention rates, graduate indebtedness and social mobility. Outcomes are the mostly highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 40% to each school’s overall score.

Some 96% of Lenoir-Rhyne University graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. For more information about Lenoir-Rhyne University, it’s majors and degree programs, visit

About Lenoir-Rhyne University: Founded in 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private liberal arts institution with more than 55 undergraduate degree programs and nearly 20 graduate degree programs. LR enrolls more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students. LR’s main campus is in Hickory, North Carolina, where both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered. The university also offers graduate degree programs on its campuses in Asheville, North Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina. The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is also in Columbia. LR is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is

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