Lincoln Memorial University


US News & World Report Tabs LMU No. 1 Best Value School among Regional Universities in the South


Harrogate, Tennessee, September 10, 2018—The national publication U.S. News and World Report has released its annual list of best colleges, touting Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) at the No. 1 Best Value School among regional universities in the South.

“This recognition shines a light on the excellent undergraduate programs available at LMU,” said Dr. Clayton Hess, LMU President. “An even greater testament to the quality and value of our programs are our exceptionally high placement rates for our graduates in positions related to their studies at LMU.”

The Best Value rankings were based on three variables including ratio of quality to price, percentage of all undergrads receiving need-based scholarships and the average discount rate. The quality was calculated by a school’s overall score in the latest Best Colleges rankings divided by the net cost to a student receiving the average need-based scholarship or grant. The higher the ratio of rank to the discounted cost (tuition, fees, room and board, and other expenses less average need-based scholarship or grant), the better the value.


LMU also jumped to No. 58 from No. 80 among regional universities in the South in the 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges. LMU has been ranked among the Tier 1 institutions since 2012, when the publication named it an Up and Comer school to watch.

The gains in the US News rankings follows a trend for LMU. Money Magazine recently named LMU a best college and a top 10 institution in Tennessee. LendEDU, a consumer lending site that specializes in education finance, recognized LMU for having one of the lowest student debt averages in the nation and the lowest in the state of Tennessee. College Consensus, which averaged the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web for its rating system, ranks LMU eighth in Tennessee.




Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at [email protected].




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