By Meredith Schellin
Executive Editor

Asbury was named the No. 1 regional college in the South by the U.S. News and World Report this week. The university tied with High Point University and John Brown University. This is the fourth consecutive year Asbury has been ranked in the top five in the South. Asbury is the only school in the state of Kentucky ranked in the Top 25 in any of the overall university ranking categories. The U.S News ranking system is based on academic quality, student selectivity, class size and financial resources. 

According to the Asbury website, President Dr. Sandra Gray believes that this honor happened because of the effort put forth by the Asbury community at large. “This is really a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students, fac- ulty and staff. They are all very mission focused and the reason we’re able to achieve this type of distinction,” Gray said. “Asbury has always been about community, and together we value the importance of a Christian education and the strong commit- ment to excellence that goes along with that to make positive influence in the world.”