U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of 'Best Regional Colleges'. And of the 98 institutions profiled for the South region, Kentucky Wesleyan College checked in at #27, a 13 percent improvement over last year.

KWC out-performed all but one other school (Asbury University ranked #3) in the state, and enjoyed the highest ranking for schools in Western Kentucky. Rankings are based on numerous factors, including freshman retention and graduation rates, student/faculty ratio, alumni giving percentage, and percentage of classes at fewer than twenty students. 84 percent of classes at Wesleyan are comprised of fewer than twenty students, which ranks 16th in the country out of 363 regional schools profiled for the study.

Other Kentucky schools appearing in the rankings include Alice Lloyd College (30th), Brescia University (50th), Midway College (54th), and Kentucky Christian University (58th). The complete list of 'Best Regional College South' rankings can be found HERE.