Palm Beach Atlantic University is ranked 50th among the best universities in the South according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2013 edition released today.

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Palm Beach Atlantic moved up in this year’s rankings from 51st last year.

“The University’s growing reputation recognized by this ranking is a testimony to the engagement of faculty with students and the wide variety of learning opportunities fueled by our location,” President William M.B. Fleming Jr. said. “The result is graduates who are leaders in their disciplines and their communities.”

The college ranking categories are based upon the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. The Carnegie classification system has been used by U.S. News since the Best Colleges rankings began because they are the basis for classifying schools by most higher education researchers.

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For the first time, the results from the past two years of high school counselor reputation scores, which are only used in the National University and National

Liberal Arts Colleges rankings, have been averaged. This was done to account for the fluctuation of ratings year to year, and also to increase the number of ratings each school received. The high school counselor ratings are one of the factors that indicate a school’s academic quality. Other indicators include financial resources, alumni giving, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity and the retention of students. To find more information on the Best Colleges 2013 rankings methodology, go to