Goshen College ranked highly for international education, diversity and value

GC receives high marks for value, study abroad, named among best Christian, liberal arts colleges in the nation


The annual college rankings are out, and Goshen College continues to move forward among the best U.S. colleges on many lists, including Kiplinger’s, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Forbes. Goshen College also received special praise from several independent rankings, including a nod as #3 “Best Christian College,” #4 “Best Nationwide College for Your Money” and #3 “Best College Farm.”



Goshen College has again been named one of the top 100 best values among all liberal arts colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for 2015, placing us second among Indiana liberal arts colleges and 74th among liberal arts colleges. This puts GC among the top 5 percent of all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States for best value. 



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Goshen College moved up slightly to 127th among the top national liberal arts colleges in the 2016 “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report, rising two spots since last year. Among liberal arts colleges, Goshen again ranked fifth for most students studying abroad. The college also rated 33rd among liberal arts colleges for most international students, up from 37th last year, and was listed as 76th nationally for campus ethnic diversity.

Goshen College was included on lists for having high ethnic diversity on campus, averaging least debt among graduates and a high freshman retention rate (78 percent). Some other factors that help Goshen College maintain a high ranking include a high graduation rate (70 percent), a strong academic profile of first-year students (25 percent of freshman in the top 10 percent of their high school class) and strong alumni giving rate (25 percent). GC was also moved up one spot to 137th by high school guidance counselors among the best liberal arts colleges.

The “Liberal Arts” category, in which Goshen College is ranked, is defined as schools emphasizing undergraduate education and awarding at least 50 percent of degrees in the liberal arts. Read the U.S. News and World Report ranking methodology.



Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly ranked Goshen College 47th among liberal arts colleges for “best bang for the buck” among Midwest schools. Overall, Goshen College moved up six spots to 147th among best liberal arts colleges, placing it fourth best in Indiana.  

Goshen College also ranked 29th among liberal arts colleges for its high graduation rate. The college ranked 42nd for the high percentage of graduates who go on to earn a doctoral degree, up 14 spots from last year, continuing the strong tradition of preparing students for post-graduate success.

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.



Overall, Forbes Magazine ranked Goshen College 333th on an elite list of 650 institutions – selected from the more than 4,000 total U.S. colleges and universities – based on its student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards. This places Goshen College among the top eight percent of all U.S. colleges and universities. Goshen College ranked 76th among all Midwestern colleges, and among all private colleges, it ranked 241st.

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



College Factual

According to College Factual, an online portal designed to assist in the college selection process, Goshen College ranks 83rd out of 1,223 colleges for “best nationwide colleges for the money.” GC was also ranked 8th among “Best Colleges for the Money” in Indiana, and in the top 25 percent (335th) out of nearly 1,400 in overall “best nationwide colleges.”

Great Value Colleges, another independent online resource, ranked Goshen College 22nd among “great affordable private colleges in the Midwest,” taking into account the net price, high graduation rate, retention rate, student/faculty ratio and student life opportunities.

Christian Universities Online, an independent online resource, ranked Goshen College as 10th among “50 Christian colleges with the lowest debt burden.”



In addition to being ranked fifth by U.S. News and World Report for Most Students Studying Abroad and 33rd for Most International Students, The Christian Science Monitor rated Goshen College fifth on their list of Top Ten Most Globally Minded Colleges.”

Bestcollegereviews.org ranked Goshen College’s Study-Service Term program #4 among Best Study Abroad Programs.




Goshen College is among the fewer than 300 colleges named to the Colleges of Distinction list for 2015-16. The college is one of only eight Indiana colleges to be named to the list, and is among 59 Christian colleges listed. Learn more.

Nurse Journal named GC #2 Best Indiana Nurse Practitioner Program.

Business Insider placed Goshen College at #384 on its list of 610 “Smartest Colleges in America” based on college and university students’ average standardized test scores.


Goshen College earned the Women’s Choice Award as #85 among America’s Best Colleges, making it #3 in Indiana, using a ranking system based on criteria that women identify as most important to them.



Christian Universities Online also ranked Goshen College as the 4th “Best Christian College” out of the top 50 in the United States, and 36th among “50 Christian colleges exceeding expectations.”

OutstandingColleges.com ranked Goshen College 3rd among their “Top 30 Christian Universities in the U.S.”


Theology Degrees, a website dedicated to ranking and evaluating theological and religious-based academia, ranked Goshen College 8th among their “Top 50 Best Christian Colleges” for 2015.

CollegeChoice.net listed Goshen College among their 2016 list of Top 100 Christian Colleges & Universities”



Collegeranker.com listed Goshen College as #3 among the “40 Best College Farms” in the U.S., based on hands-on experiences, student involvement, community outreach programs, workshops, classes, lectures, volunteering opportunities and degree plan options.

College Values Online ranked GC #26 in the “Top 30 Sustainable College Run Farms.”

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.



Niche ranked Goshen College #47 on their “2016 Safest College Campuses” list nationally, placing GC third among Indiana colleges.


Goshen College earned a very respectable position on the White House’s College Scorecard, a new feature from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center that appraises institutions based on cost, graduation rate, loan default rate and median borrowing. Goshen had a high graduation rate of 71 percent and shows that 95 percent of GC graduates are able to pay down their debt, well above the national average of 67 percent.