Nebraska Wesleyan Recognized in Recent College Rankings

U.S. News & World Report says Nebraska Wesleyan is among the top 152 liberal arts colleges in the country.

The magazine released its annual college rankings on Tuesday, August 17. Nebraska Wesleyan was listed in the “best national liberal arts colleges” category, which are those that emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.

Nebraska Wesleyan was ranked 152nd out of 187 colleges and universities that were listed in the first tier. Seventy-seven other national liberal arts colleges were listed in the second tier.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on several measures including retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. A large percentage of the rankings is based on a peer assessment score given by other college and university presidents, provosts, and admissions deans who rate peer schools.

The data listed in the rankings is based on 2009-2010 statistics:

  • Average first year retention — 81% (same as last year)
  • 2009 graduation rate — 66% (70% last year)
  • Percent of classes under 20 students — 57% (59% last year)
  • Percent of classes over 50 students — 2% (same as last year)
  • Percent of full-time faculty — 88% (81% last year)
  • First year students in the top 10% of high school class — 25% (27% last year)
  • Acceptance rate — 82% (80% last year)
  • Average alumni giving rate — 23% (22% last year)

Two other organizations have recognized Nebraska Wesleyan in recent weeks. The website has ranked Nebraska Wesleyan as the top Nebraska school in its national rankings. The Princeton Review listed Nebraska Wesleyan on its list of “best in the Midwest.” The organization selected 152 colleges in a 12-state area. They do not rank their selections.

Nebraska Wesleyan does not market or promote its college rankings, despite some decent recognition. Nebraska Wesleyan is a member of the Annapolis Group, a group of approximately 130 leading national independent liberal arts colleges. For several years, this group has collectively decried college rankings for their reliance on measuring inputs like faculty salaries, test scores of incoming freshmen and alumni giving rather than measuring outcomes like the kind of learning that takes place on campus and the quality of that learning.


Did you mean "decent" rather

Did you mean "decent" rather than "descent" in the final paragraph?

Dr. Linda Hardy

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