Factors taken into account, in which Goshen College scored highly, include high graduation rate, small class sizes, low student debt, alumni giving rate and first-year student academic profile.
“The continued recognition we receive reflects the strong outcomes of a Goshen College education,” Goshen College President Rebecca Stoltzfus said. “Beyond the academic excellence of our outstanding faculty and students, this recognizes our small class sizes, strong retention and graduation rates and low debt when compared to our peer schools. There is a lot for us to be proud of.”
Earlier this month, Goshen College ranked fifth on the list of “Top 100 National Bachelor’s Colleges” by Washington Monthly magazine, which considers civic engagement, research and social mobility in their annual rankings. The ranking places Goshen College as the top bachelor’s college in Indiana.
U.S. News & World Report
On the U.S. News & World Report ranking, Goshen College also remained at number five on the list of “Best Value Schools” among Midwest regional colleges, and is the top college on that list from Indiana. GC is ranked highly in this group for the least amount of debt for graduates.
Also in the list of the top ten schools with the best undergraduate teaching, Goshen is eighth among the colleges and universities in the Midwest cited most often by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans who were asked to identify schools with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
Additionally, in the Midwest, Goshen College ranked 11th for freshman retention rate, 15th for campus ethnic diversity, and 18th for social mobility, a measurement of how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants, which are typically awarded to students whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually. All three rankings place Goshen second in Indiana.
Regional colleges are defined as colleges that focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines.
U.S. News & World Report groups colleges into categories based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education. In February 2016, Carnegie released official updates and, as a result, for the 2017 Best Colleges about 12 percent of ranked schools have moved into different categories, including Goshen College. The print edition of the “Best Colleges 2021” guidebook will be in bookstores on Oct. 27.
Goshen College’s rankings among Midwest Regional Colleges:
#5 “Best Value Schools”
#8 “Best Undergraduate Teaching”
#11 “Freshman Retention Rate”
#15 “Campus Ethnic Diversity”
#18 “Top Performers for Social Mobility”
#21 “Least Student Debt Load at Graduation”
Goshen College’s rankings among all colleges & universities nationwide: