Northwestern College ranked 10th by U.S. News and World Report

Northwestern College DeWitt Learning CommonsNorthwestern College is ranked 10th among 80 Midwestern regional colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges guidebook. This is the 11th year in a row for Northwestern to be in the top 10. The rankings, which include 1,389 schools nationwide, are available at

 “Every fall we are encouraged when the high quality of a Northwestern education is affirmed by many rankings,” says Greg Christy, Northwestern College’s president. “U.S. News and other organizations that have given us high rankings—including College Consensus, Forbes, Money magazine and others—all emphasize slightly different criteria but add external validation for the strength of the Northwestern experience to what our graduates and students say. This ranking is yet another indicator of the excellence of our faculty and their commitment to teaching and mentoring students as they prepare to pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.”

The rankings are based on key measures of quality such as academic reputation; retention (freshman retention and graduation rate); faculty resources (including class size, the percentage of faculty with the top academic degree, student-faculty ratio and compensation); student selectivity; financial resources; and alumni giving.

Northwestern is in the top 10 in several of the individual categories, including peer assessment, first-year retention rate (80 percent), freshmen in the top 25 percent of their high school class (47 percent), and alumni giving rate (19 percent).