September 11, 2015
The annual early September publication of U.S. News and World Report’s closely watched college rankings coincide with the time high school seniors start to seriously think about applications and essays, visits to campuses, and interviews with admission counselors.
In the 2016 edition released earlier this week, Albion was listed among the country’s top 100 national liberal arts colleges. It’s the third straight year Albion has been included in that U.S. News group (this year at No. 100 with four other schools), and follows placement in The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Forbes’ Top Colleges and The Princeton Review’s Best 380 Colleges.
Albion has received other notable college-guide recognition in recent weeks as well. It’s considered a top 100 Best Bang for the Buck among Midwest colleges and universities by Washington Monthly, which rates schools based on their contribution to the public good through social mobility, research and service. And Albion has earned some particularly high marks on liberalartscolleges.com, a relatively new website, including No. 8 for Accessible & Approachable Professors and No. 16 in Student Satisfaction.
"Families as well as colleges often look at rankings with some skepticism and that's good, as they're just one of many things that factor into a high school student's college search," said President Mauri Ditzler. "But several components of U.S. News and other rankings—contact with professors, retention, graduation rates—they represent what Albion is all about, and are important to highlight. Those attributes show that an Albion education is satisfying and rewarding, and puts our graduates on a successful career path."