Nebraska Wesleyan Named A Top National Liberal Arts University

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Nebraska Wesleyan among the top 150 liberal arts colleges in the country.

The magazine released its annual college rankings on Tuesday, September 13. 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 144th out of the country’s 252 liberal arts colleges and universities.

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 2010-2011 statistics:

  • Average first year retention — 81%
  • 2010 graduation rate — 65%
  • Percent of classes under 20 students — 61%
  • Percent of classes over 50 students — 3%
  • Percent of full-time faculty — 82%
  • First year students in the top 10% of high school class — 25%
  • Acceptance rate — 78%
  • Average alumni giving rate — 24%

Two other organizations have recognized Nebraska Wesleyan in recent weeks. Forbes Magazine has named Nebraska Wesleyan to its list of “America’s Top Colleges”. The Princeton Review chose Nebraska Wesleyan for its list of “Best in the Midwest.”

Nebraska Wesleyan does not market or promote its college rankings, despite the national 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.

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