Aug. 17, 2007
Morningside College has been designated one of the Midwest’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the newly released U.S.News & World Report’s 2008 college rankings. Morningside is ranked no. 26 out of 99 baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest.
This is the fourth consecutive year in which Morningside has been designated a “Best College” in the U.S. News rankings, and this year’s ranking is the highest ever for the college. Last year, the college was ranked no. 42.
“Our goal is to be one of the best private residential colleges in the Midwest, and the U.S. News ranking reflects our commitment to this goal,” said Morningside President John Reynders. “We will continue to strive to provide a top-notch educational experience that prepares our students to be tomorrow’s leaders, to give back to their communities, and to have successful and meaningful lives.”
The college was also identified by U.S. News as one of the Midwestern baccalaureate campuses with the most international students. Morningside enrolled 18 full-time and part-time international students for the fall 2006 semester. The students came from Albania, Canada, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Japan, and Taiwan.
Morningside is one of eight private colleges in Iowa to make this year’s “Top Schools” list in this category. U.S. News identifies baccalaureate colleges as institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer degrees in the liberal arts and professional programs.
The U.S. News rankings for the baccalaureate colleges category, according to the magazine’s Web site at www.usnews.com, are based on weights assigned to key indicators that fall into six broad areas, including peer assessment, assigned a weight of 25 percent; retention and graduation of students, 25 percent; faculty resources, 20 percent; student selectivity, 15 percent; financial resources, 10 percent; and alumni giving, 5 percent.