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Nebraska Wesleyan Named a Top National Liberal Arts University

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U.S. News & World Reports ranks NWU as a top national liberal arts university.

U.S. News & World Report has again named Nebraska Wesleyan University a top national liberal arts university.

The rankings, announced Wednesday, September 9, listed NWU among the top 174 liberal arts colleges in the nation. There are approximately 600 liberal arts colleges in the country. Nebraska Wesleyan moved up five places to 143rd — the highest ranked liberal arts college in Nebraska.

U.S. News & World Report compares nearly 1,400 colleges and universities in the country. The colleges and universities are divided into categories that reflect the school’s size and philosophy. U.S. News & World Report uses a variety of input data for consideration including student-faculty ratio, graduate rate, retention rate, peer assessment, financial resources, among others.

U.S. News & World Report also included Nebraska Wesleyan on its list of “A+ Schools For B Students.”

Nebraska Wesleyan has been recently recognized as a top college by Colleges of Distinction, Washington Monthly and Forbes.

“We are delighted to again be recognized as a top national liberal arts university,” said Nebraska Wesleyan University President Fred Ohles. “We also pride ourselves on the experiences and outcomes that our students gain from a Nebraska Wesleyan education. Those experiences are even more imperative in helping us live out our vision as an outstanding national liberal arts university.”

For example:

  • NWU has consistently been named among the nation’s top Fulbright Scholarship producers among all bachelor’s degree institutions in the country.
  • In the last 10 years, 35 NWU students have won a Fulbright Scholarship, the country’s flagship international program.
  • NWU students continue to win other national prestigious scholarships including a Rhodes Scholarship, two Goldwater Scholarships, and four Truman Scholarships, among others in the last 10 years.
  • Nebraska Wesleyan is a national leader in Academic All-Americans with 153 awards, ranking NWU eighth in the nation (in all divisions).
  • NWU also ranks fifth among all schools in number of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
  • The university’s medical school placement rate is 86 percent.
  • The university’s new curriculum, Archway Curriculum, has all NWU students completing internships, service learning projects, research or international study. The curriculum has been nationally recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
  • 60 percent of Nebraska Wesleyan’s Class of 2015 had internships that resulted in full-time jobs.
  • 43 percent of the NWU Class of 2015 headed straight to graduate programs in medicine, law, business, engineering, etc.