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U.S. News and World Report rankings were released today and Alice Lloyd College has again captured number one rankings in multiple categories. ALC is ranked number one for student selectivity among all regional colleges and universities. The college is ranked number one among southern regional colleges and universities for graduating students with the least amount of debt. Also among southern regional colleges, Alice Lloyd College placed second overall for alumni giving and second on the list of “Great School, Great Price.”

In addition to being recognized regionally, Alice Lloyd College nationally ranked:

  • Fifth for student selectivity, tying in rank with Princeton University and the University of Columbia.
  • Eighth for graduating students with the least amount of average debt.
  • Nineteenth for Alumni giving, matching the average alumni giving rate of the University of Notre Dame.

U.S. News and World Report evaluates institutions based on several different criteria including academic quality and financial statistics. ALC President Joe Stepp had this to say when asked about ALC’s rankings, “We’re honored to be listed among the top colleges in the nation. Alice Lloyd College is a great institution and is truly a light in the mountains for Appalachian students.”

The survey data was collected this spring; since the collection period, Alice Lloyd College continues to excel. This fall, a record 4,940 applicants competed for only 182 spots in the freshman class. Alice Lloyd College’s tuition guarantee to members of the 108-county service area, along with other scholarship opportunities, is a huge attraction for applicants.

ALC graduates have always been very involved and supportive, and this year was no exception. The College had a record number of 45% of alumni donate to their alma mater during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Nearly a century ago, Mrs. Lloyd set out to educate the youth of Appalachia. The College continues that mission today by keeping the cost of an ALC education affordable so that students, regardless of financial ability, can attend without incurring enormous debt. It is with great pride that we are able to see the traditions Mrs. Lloyd set forth so long ago earn national recognition today.

Help us continue the miracle at ALC! It takes the assistance of individuals all across this country to sustain our commitment of guaranteeing tuition to each one of our qualified students. Please visit to find out how you can help.