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Rankings and Accolades

Providing a personal, practical, and pertinent education that is a proven investment in your future is what we do at the University of Mount Union. The success and satisfaction of our students, alumni, and parents clearly illustrate that we are making good on this promise. And others agree about the return on investment on a Mount Union education. For 29 consecutive years, Mount Union has been ranked as a top university by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the University also has been recently cited by Forbes, Washington Monthly, and The Princeton Review’s Green Guide, in addition to garnering other national recognitions.

    Rankings and Accolades

    1. Best Colleges

      Colleges of Distinction

      The University of Mount Union has been named one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. The annual process of selecting the nation’s Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to the “four distinctions” — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. This process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures, and more.

      U.S. News and World Report

      This year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Mount Union 10th 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. Also, Mount Union is 15th among Midwest Regional Colleges for Best Value rankings. This is the 30th consecutive year that Mount Union has appeared in this annual listing of the best colleges and universities.

      Washington Monthly

      Mount Union was ranked 29th in the nation among top baccalaureate colleges and universities in Washington Monthly’s 2021 rankings. According to Washington Monthly's website, schools in this category are ranked based upon their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

      Forbes

      Mount Union was ranked among the top four-year, accredited private and public colleges and universities nationally by Forbes in its 2019 America’s Top Colleges ranking. Mount Union ranked is 593.

      The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 

      The University of Mount Union has been ranked among the top third colleges and universities nationally included in the The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. Among the nearly 1,000 institutions included in the ranking, Mount Union was ranked in the Top 50%.

      Niche

      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 36% in the nation and 17th in Ohio among the Best Small Colleges. Niche also cited Mount Union as a Top Private University in America and among the Best Colleges in America.

      Best Colleges.com

      Mount Union has been ranked 13th in the nation for the top integrative studies program. 

    2. Academic Programs

      College Factual

      Education
      Mount Union's education program was named the #3 best value program in Ohio for grade-specific teacher education in College Factual's 2021 rankings.

      Health and Physical Education
      Mount Union's health and physical education programs were ranked #2 in Ohio and #77 in the nation as a best value in College Factual's 2021 rankings. They also were ranked #2 in Ohio and #43 in the nation as most focused programs. 

      Marketing
      Mount Union's marketing program was ranked #1 in Ohio and #32 in the nation as a best value program in College Factual's 2021 rankings. The program also ranked #2 in Ohio and #27 in the nation as a most focused program.

      Psychology
      Mount Union’s psychology program was ranked #5 in Ohio and #37 in the Great Lakes region as a best value program in College Factual's 2021 rankings.


      Niche

      Business
      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 31% in the nation and 18th in Ohio among Best Colleges for Business.

      Education
      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 23% in the nation and 10th in Ohio among Best Colleges for Education

    3. Return on Investment

      Money Magazine

      Mount Union has been ranked for as one of the "Best Colleges for Your Money" by Money Magazine for 2020. 

      Washington Monthly

      Mount Union was ranked in Washington Monthly’s 2021 “Best Bang for the Buck” listing in the Midwest category. According to the organization’s website, the rating was based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well institutions do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students earn enough, after graduation, to pay off their college loans.


      College Factual

      The University of Mount Union has been cited as one of the Best Colleges for the Money in College Factual's 2021 rankings. The University was ranked #22 in Ohio, #55 in the Great Lakes region, and #219 in the nation. 


      Educate to Career

      Mount Union has been ranked for economic value by Educate to Career in its 2020 ETC College Rankings Index. This ranking quantifies and compares colleges’ and universities’ records for improving the labor market outcomes for students.

      Niche

      Mount Union is ranked in the top one-third in Niche's Best Value Colleges in America.

    4. Sustainability

      Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

      The University has been included in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges for six consecutive years.

      STARS

      Mount Union received a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). 

      Arbor Day Foundation

      The University has been cited for seven consecutive years with Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the institution’s commitment to effective community forestry management. 

      Sierra Club

      Mount Union has been ranked among the most environmentally-sustainable institutions in the nation in the Sierra Club’s 2017 Cool Schools listing. 

    5. Athletics

      Learfield Sports Directors Cup

      Mount Union finished 18th in the nation in the final 2016-2017 Learfield Sports Directors Cup NCAA Division III standings as the highest ranked NCAA Division III institution in Ohio.

      Niche

      Mount Union was ranked in the top 9% in the nation and 2nd in Ohio among Best Colleges for Athletics. The institution was also ranked in the top 18% in the nation and 15th in Ohio among Best Colleges for Student Athletes.

    6. Faculty

      Ohio Magazine

      Ohio Magazine has recognized members from the University of Mount Union faculty with its Excellence in Education Award including Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, Dr. Jamie Capuzza, Sandra Ekstrand, Dr. Ronald Mendel, Dr. Peter Schneller, Dr. Robert Ekey, Dr. Patricia Boehm, Dr. Helen Muga, Dr. Scott Mason, Sharon Luke, Betsy Ekey, Dr. Jeffrey Draves, Dr. Mandy Capel, Dr. Grant Cook and Dr. Nicole Johnson.

    7. Campus Life

      Niche 

      Greek Life
      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 15% in the nation and 16th in Ohio among Best Greek Life Colleges.

      Dining Services
      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 32% in the nation and 21st in Ohio among institutions with the Best College Food.

      Student Life
      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 34% in the nation and 19th in Ohio among Colleges with Best Student Life.

      Residence Halls
      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 39% in the nation and 31st in Ohio among institutions with the Best College Dorms.

      Campus
      Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 40% in the nation and 14th in Ohio among institutions with the Best College Campuses.

      Safety
      Niche ranked Mount Union 39th in Ohio among institutions with the Safest College Campuses.

      College Factual
      The University of Mount Union has been ranked among the top 1% in the nation for gender diversity in College Factual's 2018 rankings. The University was ranked 14th of 2,692 institution’s ranked.

      Background Check.org

      Mount Union has been ranked among the Safest Schools in Ohio, a listing produced by Background Checks.org

      Washington Monthly

      Mount Union was named one of 204 institutions across the country as a “Best College for Student Voting" in the publication's 2021 listing.

    8. Other

      Forbes

      Financial Health 
      In Forbes’ 2017 review of the financial health of private not-for-profit colleges, Mount Union earned a B grade based on nine components in two categories – balance sheet strength and operational soundness – plus certain other factors including admission yield, percent of freshmen receiving institutional grants, and instruction expenses per student.

      Grateful Graduates Index
      Mount Union ranked 190 in the nation in Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index, which ranks private, not-for-profit colleges with more than 1,000 students by analyzing media private donations and gifts per student over 10 years.

      Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society
      Mount Union was named to the 2020 and 2021 Transfer Honor Roll by the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society for its dynamic pathways to support transfer students.