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Mount Ranked Among Best Universities by Forbes

September 20, 2011

Once again, the University of Mount Union was ranked among America’s best colleges and universities in a report released recently by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). 
 
Mount Union ranked 325th among Forbes’ selection of America’s top 650 public and private undergraduate colleges and universities.  This relatively new national rankings effort reviews just 9 percent of the 2,774 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S. as identified by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.  This ranking thus places Mount Union in the top 12% of private and public colleges and universities nationally.
 
Mount Union’s 2011 listing at 325 is a significant increase from last year, as the University jumped 139 spots from its 2010 ranking of 464.
 
“It’s certainly great to be recognized as one of the best institutions in the nation, and the Forbes ranking only confirms what we have known for years,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of the University.  “One only has to look to our successful students and alumni who, consistently, are overwhelmingly satisfied with their Mount Union experiences to recognize the quality and benefits of the education we provide.”
 
In the 2011 listing, Mount Union ranked higher than many other Ohio colleges and universities including private institutions such as Ashland University, Otterbein University, Marietta College, Baldwin-Wallace College and Ohio Northern University and state schools like Ohio University, Kent State University and the University of Akron.
 
Topping the list were Williams College, Princeton University, United States Military Academy, Amherst College and Stanford University.
 
According to Forbes, the annual rankings focus on “the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.”  The methodology, as stated on Forbes.com, indicates that the rankings are based on five general categories – post graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.  This is the fourth year these rankings were compiled by Forbes and CCAP.
 
“Surveys always have their critics, and the Forbes ranking is no different,” Giese added.  “When viewing listings like this one, it is always important to remember that no numerical assessment can ever fully tell the entire story of an institution or organization.  Yet, we are pleased that Forbes has recognized Mount Union for its commitment to an education that is dynamic and relevant.  Our recent jump in the rankings is a testament to all we have been able to accomplish including new academic programs, new facilities and new opportunities that truly enhance the student experience.”
 
Mount Union has consistently fared well in national rankings, appearing in U.S. News and World Report’s annual listing of the best colleges and universities for 20 consecutive years.  This year, Mount Union was ranked in the top 10 of the Midwest Regional Colleges category.
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