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Taylor Ranked Number Two Midwest College in U.S. News's America’s Best Colleges

  • By: James R. Garringer, Director of Media Relations
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Taylor University is ranked the number two college in the Midwest region in the newest U.S. News & World Report Survey America’s Best Colleges.

The number two ranking marks the 24th consecutive year for Taylor to be ranked in the Midwest region’s top three. Taylor has also been ranked the region’s number one school 12 times.

The 2021 Midwest region’s top five included:

  1. Cottey College (Missouri)
  2. Taylor University
  3. Ohio Northern
  4. College of the Ozarks (Missouri) and Dordt University (Iowa)

Among the Midwest region’s top 10 colleges, Taylor’s retention rate and graduation rate were the highest.

“Taylor University’s consistent high rankings are the result of the outstanding work of our faculty and students over the course of many, many years,” said Dr. Paige Comstock Cunningham, Interim President at Taylor. “Historically, Taylor has been a head-first University where generations of young men and women have come to be mentored in our discipleship-oriented program by our world class faculty for careers ranging from technology and medicine to filmmaking, teaching, and ministry. We are grateful to God for this external affirmation of our program for nearly a quarter of a century.”

Taylor also was ranked in several companion surveys by U.S. News. They included:

Best Value Schools: #11 for Midwest Regional Colleges

Most Innovative: #5 for Midwest Regional Colleges

Best Undergraduate Teaching: #4 for Midwest Regional Colleges

Taylor University has also appeared in college rankings compiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Princeton Review. Taylor has also earned high regional and national rankings from online ranking surveys including Open Doors,, and