The University of Central Arkansas continues to rank among the top 30 best regional public institutions in the South, according to the 2018 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report released Tuesday, Sept. 12.

UCA ranked 26 in the category of “Top Public Schools” among regional universities in the South. A regional university is defined as an institution that provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

Universities in the “Best Regional Universities” category were ranked against their peer groups in one of four geographic regions. Generally, these universities draw students most heavily from surrounding states, according to U.S. News & World Report.

“This ranking by U.S. News & World Report affirms that UCA’s commitment to quality and excellence places us in great company in higher education.  We are committed to being an innovative institution that provides students with creative, experiential learning opportunities that enable them to become leaders in their chosen field,” said UCA President Houston Davis. “With our recent growth in freshman enrollment, as well as record levels of ACT and GPA for first-time freshman, we expect that UCA will continue to improve in this ranking each year.”

Overall, UCA ranks 72 among public and private institutions in the Top Tier of the “Best Regional Universities” in the South category.

Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas dedicates itself to academic vitality, integrity and diversity. The university strives to provide strong academic programs to meet the diverse needs of those it serves through innovations in learning, scholarship and creative endeavors. UCA is committed to the intellectual, social and personal development of its students, the advancement of knowledge through excellence in teaching and research and service to the community.