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Capital One Academic All-American20 Capital One Academic All-American Students

Taylor University can claim what many in the world of college athletics would consider the mythical academic national championship for student-athletes across the country. Twenty Taylor student-athletes earned prestigious Capital One Academic All-American awards, giving the Trojans more Academic All-Americans than any school in the country at any level.

Student Published2014 Taylor graduate wins Simon & Schuster novel writing contest

2014 graduate of the professional writing major, Chandler Birch, won the inaugural student novel writing contest of Simon451, a new imprint of Simon & Schuster specializing in speculative fiction. Birch's book stood out because of its "detailed and consistent world-building."

Student EmmyTaylor student film wins a regional student Emmy award

Fall 2014, student-produced documentary, The Advocate, won a college-level Golden Pillar from the Emmy Organization. Since 2011, eight films produced by Taylor Media Communication students have been nominated for Emmy awards.

NASA SatelliteTaylor University satellite launched by NASA

A small satellite, or CubeSat, designed and built by Taylor University Physics and Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering students, faculty and staff members, was one of 33 such satellites chosen by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets that launched in 2013 and 2014. The CubeSat was the third piece built by Taylor engineering students to be sent into space.

US News & World ReportTaylor University ranked number one in U.S. News Survey for the eighth straight year

For the eighth straight year, Taylor University is the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2015 U.S. News & World Report survey, America's Best Colleges.

 

University Recognitions & Accolades

A good way to evaluate a college is to see what others are saying.  Here you'll get a glimpse at what some of the nation's best known publications have to say about a Taylor University education.

Ranked number one midwest regional collegeChristian Colleges of DistinctionForbesWashington MonthlyThe Princeton Review

Christian Colleges of Distinction

Taylor University named to Colleges of Distinction List

Taylor University has been named to the Colleges of Distinction honor roll for 2012-2013. The list is created to show the best Christian colleges and universities in the United States. Taylor was one of only three Indiana Christian universities to make the list.

According to the list’s creators, Taylor and the other Colleges of Distinction honorees were so named because, “it excels at the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes. "

"Taylor University may be the perfect place for students who are committed to rigorous academics and dedicated to a life of service based on Christian teachings and values," said one of the site’s editors.

Forbes America's Top Colleges

Taylor University Ranked in Forbes.com Collegiate Survey

Taylor University has been listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes.com.

The survey listed 650 colleges and universities – the top 20 percent – in its rankings. Taylor was ranked 238 overall – a jump of more than 90 spots since 2009.

“The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt,” said the editors. “They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.”

“Statistical data has determined the return on investment of a college education can be anywhere from $400,000 to more than $1 million over the working career of a college graduate,” said Steve Mortland, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Taylor. “We tell our incoming freshmen students they are making a choice – not only for the next four years, but the next 40. Our graduates serve God and humankind in a variety of vocations from physicians, elected leaders and teachers to businesspeople, computer programmers, pastors and filmmakers.”

Open Doors

Taylor Overseas Study Program Highly Ranked In Open Doors Poll

Taylor University has received high national rankings for its overseas study program from Open Doors, a publication of the Institute of International Education (IIE) in association with the U.S. State Department.

Taylor was recognized in two Open Doors categories: Leading Institutions by Short-Term Duration of Study Abroad and Institutional Type, which ranked Taylor University second; and Institutions by Total Number of Study Abroad Students: Top 40 Baccalaureate Institutions, which ranked Taylor sixth.

Taylor students study and serve abroad in two dozen countries that include Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador and Israel, with the highest number of students traveling to Ireland, the Bahamas and South Korea.

The rankings come on the heels of Taylor’s seventh consecutive number one ranking as a Midwest University by U.S. News & World Report. Taylor was also highly ranked by Forbes.com, The Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly.

“The increasing connectivity of countries and cultures mandates that today’s graduates have not just one, but multiple, intercultural experiences,” said Dr. Chris Bennett, Taylor’s Dean of International Programs. “The newest rankings by Open Doors and the Institute for International Education affirm that our programs remain relevant and that our graduates are prepared to live, work, and serve around the world."

The 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange reports the number of U.S. students who studied abroad for academic credit increased by three percent to 283,332 students in 2011/12, an all-time high.

The Open Doors Report is published by the Institute of International Education, an independent not-for-profit organization with a network of 19 offices and affiliates worldwide and over 1,200 member institutions. IIE has conducted an annual statistical survey of the international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.

Princeton Review

Taylor University A Best In The Midwest College by Princeton Review

Taylor University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted in August on PrincetonReview.com.

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher, "We're pleased to recommend Taylor to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists." 

The 153 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

U.S. News & World Report

Taylor University Ranked Number One in U.S. News for the Eighth Straight Year

For the eighth straight year, Taylor University is the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2015 U.S. News & World Report survey, America's Best Colleges.

The number one ranking also marks the 18th consecutive year Taylor University has been listed in the region’s top three. Criteria employed by U.S. News includes graduation and retention rates, peer assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, alumni giving

Among the Midwest’s Best Regional Colleges, Taylor ranked first in peer assessment score, freshman retention rate, and graduation rate. Additionally, Taylor received high rankings for its ability to attract freshmen from the top 25% of their high school class, alumni giving rate, and faculty-student ratio.

The rest of the top five included: Ohio Northern University, Augustana (South Dakota), College of the Ozarks (Missouri), and Dort College (Iowa).

Taylor University was also recognized in a companion U.S. News survey titled Great Schools, Great Prices, which compares the net cost of attendance for students receiving the average level of need-based financial aid with the school’s overall U.S. News ranking.

“This newest number one ranking by U.S. News is a deeply-appreciated recognition of outstanding educational work performed by our Taylor University community,” said Taylor president, Dr. Eugene B. Habecker. “From our students, faculty and staff to our administrative team, board members and alumni, everyone in the Taylor community holds a vital stake in what happens at Taylor University, and this honor is a salute to their efforts.

“The U.S. News rankings, as well as those from other publications – Forbes, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Open Doors to name a few – reflect a comprehensive study of the educational work occurring at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. In each case, Taylor University is recognized and highly ranked for the fine education provided to more than 20,000 alumni who embody our mission to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth throughout the world, no matter their vocational calling. Thanks be to God.”

A complete list of the U.S. News and World Report rankings is available online at www.usnews.com.

About Taylor University: Founded in 1846, Taylor University is an interdenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Ind. The 2015 U.S. News and World Report survey America's Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges. It marked Taylor's eighth straight top ranking and 18th straight year to be ranked in the region's top three.

Taylor University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

U.S. News and World Report does not sponsor or endorse Taylor University's products or services.

Washington Monthly

Taylor University Ranked 14th Nationally by Washington Monthly

Taylor University is ranked 14th nationally among 352 baccalaureate colleges in Washington Monthly's 2012 baccalaureate college rankings.

The ranking the latest recognition received by Taylor and comes on the heels of high rankings in Princeton Review and Forbes, and the sixth consecutive number one Midwest ranking by U.S. News. Washington Monthly’s rankings stand in contrast to other surveys in that their system rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research and Service.

Taylor finished 10th in the Bachelors to PhD rank, 19th in the Peace Corps rank, and 35th in the category Community service participation and hours served.