A Christian Liberal Arts University, Est. 1846

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

  • Published: Sep 9, 2015 10:00AM

For the ninth straight year, Taylor University is the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2016 U.S. News & World Report survey, America's Best Colleges.

The number one ranking also marks the 19th 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 peer assessment score, freshman retention rate, graduation rate, ability to attract freshmen from the top 25% of their high school class, and ACT scores. Taylor also received high scores for its alumni giving rate.

The rest of the top five included: Augustana (South Dakota), Ohio Northern University, College of the Ozarks (Missouri), and Marietta College (Ohio).

Among companion rankings released by U.S. News, Taylor was also listed in the list Best Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching

“All of us at Taylor University are grateful for this latest number one ranking from U.S. News. These rankings, as well as those from a number of other publications which also rate Taylor University among our nation’s best colleges, reflect collective efforts of all within the university,” said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Taylor’s President. “From our outstanding faculty and staff, to our Board of Trustees and grateful alumni family, Taylor University continues its commitment to a vibrant, whole-person learning experience. The success of these efforts is lived out in the lives of our students and faithful alumni around the world. Again, we thank God for His faithfulness, from generation to generation.”

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 2016 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 ninth straight top ranking and 19th 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).