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Taylor no. 1 in Midwest

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@lssu.edu

Taylor University tied for number one regional college in the Midwest in U.S. News and World Report's survey of "America's Best Colleges." 

The university ranked number one alongside Calvin College, located in Grand Rapids, for number one college in the Midwest. The survey combines scores from a variety of categories, like graduation and retention rates, peer assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving to determine the rankings.

“America’s Best Colleges is among the most widely used and highly regarded surveys gauging the effectiveness and value of college education in America today,” Taylor President Dr. Paul Lowell Haines said. “We are grateful for this recognition of Taylor University.

"This ranking success is shared by each student, faculty and staff member, alumnus, parent, friend and member of the Taylor community," Haines added.

This marks the 11th time in the past 12 years Taylor has been number one or tied for first, and is also the 22nd consecutive year Taylor has been ranked among the region’s top three.

"We have a lot of college students who are gifted, successful and serious about faith, mentored by world class faculty," said Jim Garringer, director of media relations.

Garringer believes Taylor is one of the best values in higher education. One of the reasons for this, he said, is that 98 percent of professors have masters or doctorate degrees. 

Thanks to the survey, Taylor faculty often hear from prospective students and faculty who want to study or work at a top school. Garringer said this is a big deal for the community and something Taylor does not take for granted.

Among the top 10 Midwestern institutions, Taylor ranked first in retention rate, predicted and actual graduation rates. Taylor’s rankings were also influenced by its ability to attract students from the top 25 percent of their respective graduating classes. The survey also measures peer assessment scores, which measure the ratings of Taylor by other college administrators, and alumni giving rate.

Taylor also placed third in best undergraduate teaching, fourth in most innovative schools, 11th in best value schools and 117th in undergraduate engineering programs.

The Midwest region’s top five included Taylor and Calvin, College of the Ozarks ranked third, Augustana in fourth, and Ohio Northern University in fifth. 

Taylor has also appeared in college rankings compiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly.