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NNU was once again ranked in the top tier by U.S. News & World Report in their annual America’s Best Colleges edition as one of the Best Regional Universities of the West. The announcement was released online Tuesday morning, September 13, 2011. The universities were judged on peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, average class size, student-to-faculty ratio, the ACT/SAT scores and high school rankings of incoming freshmen.
NNU President David Alexander is pleased by the ranking and indicates that what makes NNU different from many peer institutions is the university’s commitment to the transformation of the whole person. “This ranking speaks well of our faculty who are highly educated and steadfast to the goal of making NNU a transformative, learning community. They are dedicated in their delivery of a thought-provoking, inspired education experience for students, preparing them well for professional careers.”
“It is an honor to have colleagues highly rank NNU and we are grateful for these quality rankings. Most important to us are the NNU graduates that go out as global Christians making a difference in their community. Whether our recent graduate's first job is serving in the Treasure Valley as a teacher/educator, as an accountant in other states or overseas as an interpreter in China, our students continue to be an important part of the moral fiber of their community,” said Stacey Berggren, vice president for enrollment and marketing.
According to U.S. News and World Report, there are 626 universities in one of four geographic regions—North, South, West and Midwest—in this category of institutions that are ranked against their peer groups. Each university provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. Ranked in the top-tier, NNU placed 53rd out of 118 recognized Best Regional Universities in the West. More information can be found on the U.S. News & World Report Web site at www.usnews.com/colleges.