​ Coker Ranks in Top Ten of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges in the South

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Hartsville, S.C. – Sept. 13, 2016 – For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named Coker College one of America’s Best Colleges in its 2017 rankings, which were released today. Coker ranks as the sixth best in regional colleges in the south. Its high ranking this year was influenced by a continuing overall impressive performance, including increases in its graduation rate and peer assessment score.

“This year’s jump from 20th place to #6 in the south is a testament to our dedicated faculty and staff, engaged students, and active alumni,” said Coker College President Robert Wyatt. “We recently launched the college’s new strategic plan, and I am confident that our renewed focus on academic innovation, adult education, student preparedness, and campus culture will support even more positive growth in the years ahead.”

U.S. News & World Report has been providing education rankings since 1983. The 2017 edition includes data on nearly 1,400 colleges and universities, gathering data from and about each school in up to 15 areas related to academic excellence. Each indicator is assigned a weight (expressed as a percentage) based on U.S. News' judgments about which measures of quality matter most. Then the colleges are ranked based on their composite weighted score. The data for this most recent edition of Best Colleges were gathered in spring and summer of 2016.

U.S. News defines a regional college as an institution that focuses almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offers a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business and education. The regional college rankings are split into four geographical regions (North, South, Midwest and West) representing a total of 334 colleges. The South region includes colleges from 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Release written by Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 21 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.