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

  • By: Jim Garringer
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For the 12th time in the past 13 years, Taylor University has been ranked number one in the Midwest in the U.S. News & World Report survey, America’s Best Colleges. The Taylor ranking appears in the category Best Regional Colleges-Midwest. It is also the 23rd consecutive year Taylor has been ranked among 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.

Rounding out the Midwest region’s top five were: Cottey College (Missouri) (2), College of the Ozarks (Missouri) (3), Dordt (Iowa) (4), and Ohio Northern University (Ohio) (5).

Among the Midwest region’s top 10 institutions, Taylor ranked first in its retention rate, predicted and actual graduation rates, and peer assessment scores. Taylor’s rankings were also influenced by its ability to attract students from the top 25 percent of their respective graduation classes, and its high alumni giving rate.

Taylor also was listed among several U.S. News companion categories including: Most Innovative, Top Performers on Social Mobility, Best Undergraduate Teaching, and Best Value Schools.

“Taylor University’s historic commitment to excellence is evidenced not only in high rankings from numerous external sources, but most significantly in the lives of more than 25,000 Taylor graduates through the years who have served God and humankind throughout the world,” said Dr. Paige Comstock Cunningham, Interim President at Taylor University. “We are grateful to U.S. News for this recognition, which is historic in nature. This ranking is the result of the efforts and sacrifice of so many: our outstanding faculty and staff; our students, alumni, and parents; our Board of Trustees; and our financial partners whose visionary support of scholarships and programs make the Taylor educational experience possible for so many. Ultimately, we are most grateful to God for His continued blessings and guidance for the past 173 years.”

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: