U.S. News & World Report ranked NNU as one of the top universities in the West in its 2014 Best Colleges ranking that was released on September 10. NNU is ranked in the first tier of Best Regional Universities: West at number 39 out of 90.
In addition, NNU is again featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, a website dedicated to honoring schools nationwide for their excellence in student-focused higher education.
President David Alexander comments, “We are grateful for recognition from organizations like U.S. News & World Report because it affirms the high standards of quality to which we hold ourselves. NNU is committed to providing a transformative education to our students.”
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, average class size, student-to-faculty ratio, faculty resources, financial resources and the ACT/SAT and high school rankings of incoming freshmen.
A total of 621 universities and colleges throughout the U.S. are ranked against their peers in the Regional University category that is divided into four geographic regions. This category contains master’s-level institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs with few doctoral programs.
NNU has also been named a 2013-14 Christian College of Distinction. Colleges and universities are nominated for participation in Colleges of Distinction through high school counselors’ recommendations as well as quantitative research. They are assessed using the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities and Successful Outcomes. NNU was found to excel in all four distinctions.