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Taylor University Ranked Midwest’s Number One in Newest U.S. News Survey

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Taylor University is the number one school in the Midwest according to the newly-released U.S. News & World Report survey, America’s Best Colleges.

Taylor University is ranked number one among other colleges in the Midwest according to the newly-released U.S. News & World Report survey, America’s Best Colleges.

In forging a tie for the top spot in the category Regional Colleges, Midwest with College of the Ozarks in Missouri, it marked the 13th time for Taylor to be ranked number one and the second time Taylor has achieved a tie for the top spot in the category. It also marks the 25th consecutive year for Taylor to be ranked among the top three of the Midwest region.

Taylor scored 100 of a possible 100 ranking points in the survey, which measured factors including the ability of students a university can attract, the retention and graduation rates for students, the faculty to student ratio, and alumni giving.

Among the region’s top ten schools, Taylor had the highest scores in five categories including Average First Year Retention Rate (88%), Predicted 6 year graduation rate (74%), Actual 6 year graduation rate (78%), ACT/SAT 25th-75th percentile (1090-1290), and first year students from the top 25% of their high school classes (71%).

“All of us at Taylor University are humbled and grateful for this validation of our program by U.S. News & World Report,” said Taylor’s President Dr. D. Michael Lindsay. “This honor not only recognizes the stellar work of our faculty and students, who are well-deserving, but also generations of past faculty and staff, along with faithful alumni, whose hard work and passion have fostered a DNA of excellence on our campus.

“For Taylor to be continually ranked among our region’s top three, as we have for the past quarter century, but also number one for the 13th time, is a tribute to each member of our Taylor community,” Lindsay added. “We are most grateful.”

The Midwest Region’s top five included:

1st: Taylor University

1st: College of the Ozarks (Missouri)

3rd: Ohio Northern University

4th: Cottey College (Missouri)

5th: Dordt University (Iowa)

Taylor has also appeared in college rankings compiled by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly. Additional ranking services such as Open Doors,, and have also highly ranked Taylor University. Learn more here: