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North Central named among America's best colleges by U.S. News & World Report

Sep 10, 2019

Honor marks 26th consecutive year in U.S. News college rankings

North Central College has once again ranked among America’s “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, making the annual list for the 26th consecutive year. The College maintained its ranking from last year as No. 13 among “Best Regional Universities” in the Midwest, which includes 162 Midwestern schools that offer a full range of undergraduate programs, as well as master’s degrees. The 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report rankings saw North Central leap into the Top 10—a 10-place improvement over last year—on the list of “Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs,” which reflects the College’s commitment to teaching undergraduate students. The College also ranked No. 27 on the list of “Best Value Schools,” which takes into account academic quality and the net cost of attendance.

“The higher education landscape is more competitive than ever and I’m incredibly proud of the enhancements North Central College has made in recent years—to our facilities and academic programs—to remain at the forefront of our field and to position ourselves for continued success,” said President Troy D. Hammond. “These rankings also reflect the hard work of our faculty, their passion for teaching and their commitment to supporting students both inside and outside of the classroom.”

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on a system that evaluates 15 diverse indicators of academic excellence, including outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving. Each ranking factor is calculated using only thoroughly vetted academic data from surveys and reliable third-party sources.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings are the latest in a series of accolades for North Central. The College was recently ranked among “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes, the “Best Colleges for your Money” by Money, the “Best Midwestern Colleges” by The Princeton Review, and the “Best College Values” by Kiplinger.