Eighteen of Northwestern College’s academic programs are listed in the 2010 edition of Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges, a national guidebook that recommends specific college departments to prospective students. The selected programs are actuarial science, athletic training, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, ecological science, education, English, history, music, philosophy, physics, psychology, religion, social work, Spanish and theatre.
Among the Northwestern programs listed in the latest Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges guidebook is computer science, which has had programming teams qualify for the Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest’s world finals two years in a row.
The biology department was one of 55 chosen from moderate-sized selective colleges; the business department was among 127. The chemistry department was among only 42 recommended from Northwestern’s category; the computer science department was among 55. The education department was one of 136 chosen from schools like Northwestern; the English department was among 83 selected from Northwestern’s category.
The history department was among only 12 recommended from colleges Northwestern’s size. There were 71 other moderate-sized selective colleges recommended in music, 69 others in philosophy, 13 others in physics, 72 others in psychology, 19 others in religion, four others in Spanish and 25 others in theatre.
Four of Northwestern’s programs were listed in a special category, miscellaneous majors, which included recommendations from colleges and universities of all sizes and selectiveness. The actuarial science program was among 53 recommended, while the athletic training program was one of 109, the ecological science program was among 192, and the social work program was one of 204.
Written by Frederick Rugg, a Brown University graduate who served 20 years as a secondary school college counselor and now gives college seminars around the country, the book includes programs at 1,115 four-year colleges that he has identified as providing a high-quality education. Rugg’s publication relies heavily on random polls of students at those colleges, asking them what departments at their school they would recommend most to high school seniors. Input also is received from high school counselors, college personnel and parents.