US News and World Report has ranked Anderson University in the top tier among universities in the Midwest offering master's level degree programs. Institutions in this category offer a full range of both undergraduate and master's level degree programs. The magazine's 2005 guide to "America's Best Colleges" marks the first year that Anderson University has been listed among the best in its class. To rank schools, US News first organizes colleges and universities by category, and then ranks them within each group. Rankings are based on a wide range of criteria, including academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, and financial resources to name a few.
"We are very pleased with the ranking in U.S. News and World Report," said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University. "The mission and character of Anderson University seems to be right for the times. Students and their families are looking for colleges of character with programs of high academic quality centered on strong values. In essence, a place where students can discover faith and scholarship within an environment that is life-changing."
All the US News rankings will appear on the magazine's web site (www.usnews.com) on Friday, August 20. College-bound students can use the site to search for colleges according to their own interests, fill out interactive worksheets and search for scholarship and financial aid information. Excerpts of the college rankings will be published in the September issue (on newsstands August 23) of the weekly news magazine. The full rankings will be published in the annual America's Best Colleges guidebook, also available in libraries and bookstores on August 23.
"I believe that the success of our current recruitment activities are reflective of the institution's strong image, its quality academic program, a value-based community and a high level of service we provide to students and their families," said Dr. Michael Collette, vice-president for Enrollment Management and Information Systems."
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, theology and nursing.