U.S. News Ranks Taylor Number One for the 10th Straight Year

Published: Sep 13, 2016

For the 10th straight year, Taylor University is the number one institution in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2017 U.S. News & World Report survey, America's Best Colleges.

The number one ranking also marks the 20th consecutive year Taylor University has been listed in the region’s top three. Criteria employed by U.S. News include graduation and retention rates, peer assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving.

Among the Midwest’s Best Regional Colleges, Taylor ranked first in freshman retention rate, graduation rate, and the ability to attract freshmen from the top 25% of their respective high school classes.

Included among companion rankings released by U.S. News, Taylor was one of three Midwest colleges listed in the list A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes institutions which provide added emphasis to undergraduate teaching by their faculty.

“This latest number one ranking from U.S. News is a wonderful external affirmation of the excellent work done by our students, faculty and staff,” said Taylor President Lowell Haines. “For many years, we have been able to attract some of our nation’s best and brightest students – young men and women who are serious about their academics and serious about their faith – to Taylor University, where they are mentored by some of the finest faculty in the country. These students then go out to make a dramatically positive impact on the world in education, business, law, medicine, ministry, government, social services, the fine arts and a whole host of other professional endeavors. We are grateful to U.S. News for their recognition and also to all of those members of the Taylor University community whose work made this possible.”

The rest of the top five included: Calvin College (Michigan – tied for number one), Augustana University (South Dakota), College of the Ozarks (Missouri), and Goshen College (Indiana).

The U.S. News ranking is the latest high ranking received by Taylor University in recent weeks. Taylor has also appeared in college rankings compiled by Forbes, Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly. Learn more here: www.taylor.edu/about/profile/distinctions.

A complete list of the U.S. News & 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 2017 U.S. News & World Report survey America's Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges. It marked Taylor's 10th straight top ranking and 20th 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).