By ZACH HILL / Co-Editor | Photograph by DEBBIE HERRERA   

            In the U.S News and World Report annual college rankings, Barton College has once again placed among the highest-ranked schools in the nation.

A press release on Sept. 22 revealed the college placed ninth in the Best Undergraduate Teaching and ninth in Social Mobility, both for schools listed in the Southern region. Barton continued its streak of being in the top ten for best schools in the South. It also came in eighth for Best Value.

President Dr. Douglas Searcy spoke about what separates Barton from other colleges.

“Too often, people accept mediocrity or allow expectations to be set by the status quo,” Searcy said in the release. “That’s not how Barton does business. Our job and attitude is to raise expectations—when some say ‘you can’t’, we say ‘you can’.”

“The innovations we pursue for Barton are not just for innovation’s sake,” said Vice President Dr. Gary Daynes in the release. “These are innovations that we know fit nicely within Barton College’s mission, apply well to our students and their needs, and point them to lives of meaning and success.”

This isn’t Barton’s first time being acknowledged by the news platform. In 2018, the college placed third in Best Regional College for Veterans. Barton also came tenth in the Best Value category.

For the first time ever, Barton was listed as fourth in “Most Innovative.” The press release entailed several additions the college has made to earn recognition, including the introduction of a campus-wide fiber-optic network, the Esports arena, Sports Performance Center, and other on-campus additions.