U.S. News Names NWU a Top Regional University


U.S. News & World Report ranked NWU 15th on its list of best regional colleges. The rankings include a number of variables including graduation rate.

U.S. News & World Report has named Nebraska Wesleyan University a top regional university.

NWU is ranked among the top 10 percent of the colleges and universities named to the Regional Universities – Midwest category in the annual college rankings, which were released September 13.

Nebraska Wesleyan ranked 15th on the list of 156 schools. NWU joins Creighton University, Butler University, Drake University, and Drury University who were also named to the Regional Universities list.

The Regional Universities list is a new category for Nebraska Wesleyan, which was previously ranked on U.S. News & World Report’s list of national liberal arts colleges. Last year, NWU ranked 144th of approximately 600 liberal arts colleges in the country.

The Regional Universities category includes schools that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. In addition to its traditional undergraduate offerings, Nebraska Wesleyan offers five graduate programs including MBA, MSN/MBA, MSN to MBA Bridge, MSN and M.Ed, which was added in June. The graduate programs are offered in Lincoln and Omaha.

“The Regional Universities category is a good fit for Nebraska Wesleyan,” said Bill Motzer, vice president for enrollment management. “It highlights our growth in programs while staying true to our mission of personal attention, rigorous curriculum, high quality faculty, and meaningful experiences that lead to successful outcomes like employment and graduate and professional school.”

“Undergraduate and graduate students and employers all value the ability to connect academic disciplines, write, articulate and analyze,” Motzer added.

U.S. News & World Report compares nearly 1,400 colleges and universities in the country. 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, graduation rate, retention rate, peer assessment, financial resources, among others.

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

“Students with a good work ethic thrive in the classroom environment,” said Motzer. “A good work ethic translates to a good experience at Nebraska Wesleyan University.”