Taylor University Ranked Number Two Midwest College by U.S. News

Upland, Ind. – Taylor University is the number two institution in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2018 U.S. News & World Report survey, America’s Best Colleges.

The ranking marks the 21st consecutive year Taylor University has been listed in the region’s top three, and follows 10 straight years during which Taylor was the number one ranked university in the Midwest. Criteria employed by U.S. Newsinclude graduation and retention rates, peer assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving.

Among the Midwest’s Best Regional Colleges, Taylor ranked first in freshman retention rate, and second for graduation rate and the ability to attract freshmen from the top 25% of their high school class.

Included among companion rankings released by U.S. News, Taylor was ranked number one in the Midwest in the survey, Best Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes institutions’ commitment to undergraduate teaching. Taylor was also ranked on a U.S. News list of schools with the highest number of international students.

“All of us at Taylor University are grateful for this latest U.S. News ranking and the recognition of the outstanding work being done by our students, faculty and staff,” said Taylor President Lowell Haines. “Taylor has historically attracted, retained and graduated students who are among our nation’s best and brightest. These young men and women are characterized by not only their desire to excel in the classroom, but also the seriousness with which they regard their faith.

“Being the top Midwest school to be recognized for its commitment to undergraduate teaching is a significant recognition of Taylor’s educational mission and the excellence of our world class faculty,” Haines added. “As grateful as we are for each of these rankings, our greatest satisfaction comes from hearing of the transformed lives of our students and alumni and seeing them use their education from Taylor to make an impact throughout the world.”


The top five in the Midwest region were:

  1. Calvin College (Mich.) (100 points)
  2. Taylor University (98 points)
  3. Augustana University (SD) (91 points)
  4. Ohio Northern University (Ohio) (89 points)
  5. College of the Ozarks (Mo.)  (89 points)


The U.S. News ranking is the latest high ranking received by Taylor University in recent weeks. Money Magazine recently ranked Taylor in the top third of the nation in its survey, Best Colleges for Your Money. Taylor has also appeared in college rankings compiled by Forbes, Princeton Review, and Washington Monthly. Learn more here: www.taylor.edu/about/profile/distinctions.


A complete list of the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available online at www.usnews.com.

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