Harding University

October 9, 2013

University ranks among 100 best college buys and Christian colleges

Institutional Research & Evaluation Inc. of Rome, Ga., has once again ranked Harding in two of its 2013-14 publications, America’s Best Christian Colleges and America’s 100 Best College Buys.

The company annually identifies the top Christian colleges and universities that provide students with the highest quality of education in a Christian environment. This year, 95 colleges nationwide made the list.

Christian-affiliated schools were evaluated on grade-point averages and ACT and SAT scores of incoming freshmen. Institutions included on America’s Best Christian Colleges represent 29 states.

The company also annually names the top 100 American colleges and universities that provide students with the highest quality of education at the lowest cost.

Last spring, the company surveyed more than 1,400 colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degree programs. Schools were evaluated on cost of attendance, grade-point averages of incoming freshmen, and ACT and SAT scores of incoming freshmen.

The study showed that the national average cost of attendance based upon regular cost at private institutions and the out-of-state cost of attendance at public institutions was $37,382 for 2013-14. Harding’s cost of attendance is slightly more than $22,000 a year.

The 100 schools that made the annual list represent 41 different states.