Mount Ranked as One of America's Best Colleges

September 13, 2011

For the 20th consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been favorably ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. This year, Mount Union was ranked in the top 10 among regional colleges in the Midwest, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

To determine the rankings, U.S. News & World Report tallied the results of surveys of college presidents, deans and admissions directors. These surveys, combined with educational data provided by the colleges themselves, resulted in the rankings. As stated on the U.S. News and World Report website, colleges and universities were ranked according to graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

“The fact that we have been cited by the editors of U.S. News & World Report for 20 consecutive years is quite a testament to the value of a Mount Union education,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union.  “We are definitely pleased to be ranked so highly among our peers in the Midwest, and it is wonderful confirmation of what we have known for years.  We are providing a high-quality educational experience for our students, and the positive findings of this external review have only further reassured us of that.”

In addition to being ranked 10th among Midwest regional colleges, Mount Union was also cited as an A-Plus School for B Students in the Midwest Regional Colleges category.

“We are proud to be recognized in this regard as well,” added Giese.  “In addition to providing an outstanding education to exceptionally high-caliber students, we also pride ourselves on offering a transformational experience to those students who have had moderate academic achievement in high school.  In fact, it has been these very students who have often become our most successful and outstanding alumni.”

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