Forbes included 650 undergraduate institutions nationwide in the 2013 rankings, which were prepared by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
"The endorsement of organizations like Forbes gives us another reason to be proud of our students, our faculty and all who have been so supportive of the AU mission," said Anderson University President Dr. James L. Edwards. "We have focused on the values so very needed in our society and our students are getting a great education to make a difference as they pursue a life of faith and service. AU is a great value and we are grateful to be included in the Forbes list of schools again this year."
In a Forbes.com post July 24, senior online editor Caroline Howard wrote of the methodology for the Forbes.com rankings: "We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank and SAT scores. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college."
The rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success (37.5%), student satisfaction (22.5%), student debt (17.5%), graduation rate (11.25%), and nationally competitive awards (11.25%). (See CCAP’s full methodology here.)
Anderson University has been recognized for its quality programs in recent years. US News & World Report has ranked AU among America’s best colleges and universities for nine consecutive years. The Princeton Review also recognizes Anderson University as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of about 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.