Daily staff report
Shenandoah University in Winchester has been ranked 28th out of 128 regional universities in the South on U.S. News and World Report's 2013 list of Best Colleges, according to a release sent out by the school on Wednesday.
While Shenandoah was ranked 27th in the same category last year, it's overall score remained the same.
According to the release, the university improved in several areas that factor into the rankings, including average freshman retention rate, percentage of full time faculty members, and the number of freshman in the top 25 percent of their high school class.
The university also decreased it's acceptance rate from 81 percent to 77 percent, which reflects the school's "commitment to increasing selectivity based on academic performance."
A total of 625 universities were included in the regional segment of the rankings, which were based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, class size, faculty resources, student selectivity and alumni giving. All rankings, which includes evaluation of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, will be published in the "Best Colleges" book, available Sept. 18.