My college #1 in the Midwest Ranked# 1 in the Midwest by U.S.News

Taylor Ranked # 1 in the Midwest by U.S.News


Taylor University has been named the number one Baccalaureate College in the Midwest in the just-released 2009 U.S.News & World Report survey, America’s Best Colleges. It is Taylor’s second straight top ranking and follows ten straight top-three finishes.

Taylor earned 100 rating points while second-place Ohio Northern University (Ohio) received 92 points. Augustana (South Dakota) jumped to third with 86 points. Cedarville (Ohio) and Northwestern College (Iowa) rounded out the top five with a fifth-place tie, scoring 80 points.

Among the Midwest Best Baccalaureate Colleges, Taylor scored high marks in several fields of criteria: first in Freshmen in the Top 25% of their High School Graduating Class (’07), Average Freshman Retention Rate and Average Graduation Rate; and second in Peer Assessment Score and Alumni Giving Rate.

“We are filled with gratitude to God for this honor for Taylor University,” said Dr. Eugene B. Habecker, Taylor University president. “The only appropriate response to this exciting news is praise and thanksgiving to God for the great things He has been doing at Taylor.

“We are deeply appreciative of this external validation from a well-respected publication that has been refining the collegiate survey and ranking process for well over 20 years,” he added. “This accomplishment is shared by every member of our community-from our students, alumni, faculty and staff, to our parents, Board of Trustees and friends-and it again reflects that this Christ-centered University attracts gifted people who together strive to accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God.”

Taylor was also ranked third among Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges in the Great Schools, Great Prices portion of the survey.

“We appreciate the recognition from U.S.News, as it speaks to the return on investment made by students, their families and the Taylor faculty,” said Steve Mortland, dean of enrollment. “There are basic benchmarks by which we can hold ourselves accountable, but there are also intangible aspects of a Taylor education that reinforce its true value. We are collaboratively investing in more than four years and degree programs, but in people who are creating change.”

A complete list of the U.S. News and World Report rankings is available online at

About Taylor University: Founded in 1846, Taylor University is an interdenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Ind. The 2009 U.S. News and World Report survey America’s Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Baccalaureate College in the Midwest. It marked Taylor’s second straight top ranking following ten straight years of being ranked in the region’s Top Three.

Taylor University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

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