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

Published: Sep 09, 2014

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 Dordt 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).

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