Rankings and lists


See how Goshen College stacks up among the best U.S. colleges on many lists, including Kiplinger’s, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Forbes.

Washington Monthly (2021)

#7 Top National Bachelor’s Colleges” (1st in Indiana)
#2 percentage of graduates who go on to earn a doctoral degree
#5 graduation rank
#15 loan repayment performance
#85 “Best Bang for the Buck” among Midwest schools
#16 Social mobility

*Goshen College also earned high marks for its graduation rategraduate performance and loan repayment rates.

With very different criteria than other well-known college rankings, Washington Monthly highlights colleges whose students, faculty and alumni provide “contributions to public good.” Read the Washington Monthly ranking methodology.

U.S. News & World Report (2022)

#8 “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest”
“Best Study Abroad Programs” nationally
#5 “Best Undergraduate Teaching”
#6 “Best Value Schools” among regional Midwest colleges

#15 Freshman retention rate
#16 Campus ethnic diversity 
#27 “Top Performers for Social Mobility”

Regional colleges are defined as colleges which focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Read the U.S. News and World Report ranking methodology.


Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (2019)


Top 100 best values among all liberal arts colleges
#5 among Indiana liberal arts colleges
#90 among liberal arts colleges
Top 5% of all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States for best value. 


Forbes (2019)


#419 (of 650 institutions) “Top Colleges” (Top 10% of all U.S. colleges and universities) 
#93 in the Midwest
#141 in Liberal Arts Universities
#278 in Private Colleges
Forbes Financial Grade: A-

According to Forbes and CCAP, America’s Best College rankings are focused on measuring how well colleges meet student needs.



Best College for the Money

Top 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges, and “Best Colleges for Your Money” list – TIME Money
#3  Lowest Student Loan Debt at Graduation in Indiana – LendEDU (2018)
#8 in Indiana, “Top Colleges & Universities” – WalletHub (2018)
#8  “Great Affordable Private Colleges in the Midwest” – Great Value Colleges (2017)
Top 10% “Best Value” Nationwide – College Factual (2018)
#18 “Best Bang For Your Buck” among national bachelor’s colleges – Washington Monthly (2019)
etc-rankings-best-value#27 “Best Colleges for the Money in Great Lakes Region– College Factual
→#13 “Best Colleges for the Money in Indiana”
“Top 250 Colleges Offering the Most Undergraduate Financial Aid for International Students” – The Student Loan Report


Best Study Abroad Program

Top 30 “Affordable Colleges with the Best Study Abroad Programs” – World Scholarship Forum (2020)
#4  “Best Study Abroad Program” – bestcollegereviews.org (2017)
#5 Top Ten Most Globally Minded Colleges– Christian Science Monitor (2015)
#10 Best Study Abroad Programs – moneyjojo.com (2018)
19 Best Places to Study Abroad” (worldwide) – WorldScholarshipForum.com (2018)
Top 50 colleges for Study Abroad Programs LendEDU (2017)
GC was also ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report for Most Students Studying Abroad


Best College & Programs

#1 College for Social Work Majors in Indiana – Zippia.com (2018)
#2 “Best Indiana Nurse Practitioner Program” – Nurse Journal (2018)

#2 “Best RN-to-BSN Program in the Midwest” NursingProcess.org (2020) 

#2 “Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools in Indiana” – Nursing Degree Search (2021)

#3 “Best Indiana RN-to-BSN Programs” – RegisteredNursing.org (2021)

# 3 “Best in Indiana Offering Nursing Programs” – Plexuss (2021)

#3 “Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools in Indiana” – Nursing Degree Search (2020)

#3 “Top Indiana colleges for non-traditional students” – College Factual (2021)
#4 “Best Nurse Practitioner Degree Programs” – Intelligent.com (2021)

#4 “Best Colleges in Indiana” – BestColleges.com (2018)

#5 “Top 10 Up and Coming Nursing Schools in the North” – Best Master of Science in Nursing Programs (2017)
#7 “Best Colleges in Indiana” – Intelligent.com (2021)

# 7 “Best Liberal Arts College in Indiana” – Plexuss (2021)

#7 “Best Nurse Practitioner Program” – Intelligent.com (2021)
#7 “Best Online Colleges in Indiana” – BestColleges.com (2018)
#7 among “Best Colleges in Indiana” – CollegeConsensus.com (2021)

# 12 “Best Online College or University in Indiana Offering Bachelor’s Degree Programs” – Plexuss (2021)

#16 “Best Social Work Degree Program” – Intelligent.com (2021)
#19 “Best Online RN-to-BSN Program” – College Consensus
#20 among “Best Nurse Practitioner Programs” – AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org (2017)
#21 among “Top 30 Bachelor Degrees in Secondary Education Degrees” – BestEducationDegrees.com (2017)
#23 among “Best Performing Arts Schools and Degrees” – AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org (2017)
#28 among “Best NAIA Colleges for Student-Athletes” – Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) (2019)
#33 among “Best Online Doctoral programs” – College Consensus (2021)
#41 among “Top 50 Social Work Degrees” by  Social Work Degree Guide (2019)
#48 among “Best Registered Nurse Program” – AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org (2017)
“Best Small Colleges in America” – Niche (2018)
Top 50 Nurse Practitioner Schools” –  Study.com
Top colleges for non-traditional students” – College Factual


Best Christian College

#3 “Top 30 Christian Universities in the U.S.” – OutstandingColleges.com (2015)
#5 “Best Christian Colleges” – College Consensus
#7 among “Top 100 Christian Colleges & Universities” – CollegeChoice.net (2017)
#8 “Top 50 Christian Colleges” – Theology Degrees (2015)
Top 50 Christian Colleges” – Study.com (2018)
#14 “Top Bible Colleges” – Intelligent.com (2021)
# 52 “Best Christian Colleges in America” – Niche (2018)


Going Green

Goshen College is listed on the Princeton Review’s list of Green Colleges

Goshen College is a Bee Campus USA for creating sustainable habitats on campus for pollinators, and an Arbor Day Foundation Tree Campus USA for meeting five standards that promote healthy trees and student involvement.

#3 40 Best College Farms” – CollegeRanker.com (2017)
#7Top 25 Colleges with the Best College Farms” – Shoutabout.org (2017)
#16 “America’s Best College Farms” – Collegerank.com (2018)
#26 “Top 30 Sustainable College Run Farms” – College Values Online (2015)

GC earned a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) report, which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to sustainable practices on campus and is one of the tools used in the Sierra Magazine rankings. The college is one of only seven colleges and universities in Indiana to have earned a STARS silver or gold rating.


Safest College

#36 50 Safest Small Colleges – CollegeChoice.net (2017)
#26 among “2018 Safest College Campuses” – Niche (2018)
#3 safest among Indiana colleges – Backgroundchecks.org (2016)




Updated 9/18