Aug. 18, 2006 Read more about the U.S. News ranking here
Morningside College has been designated one of the Midwest’s “Best Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s” in the newly released U.S.News & World Report’s 2007 college rankings. Morningside is ranked no. 42 out of 108 comprehensive bachelor’s colleges in the Midwest. This is the third consecutive year in which Morningside has been distinguished in the U.S. News rankings.
Morningside is one of only ten private colleges in Iowa to make this year’s “Top Schools” list in this category.
Morningside President John Reynders said, “We want to engage students in learning through the total college experience. Whether they are in a classroom, participating in an internship, traveling abroad, or meeting in small groups to study at the learning center’s coffee bar, we want to cultivate in our students a passion for life-long learning and a desire to be responsible leaders and citizens. The U.S. News ranking process has again confirmed our strong commitment to providing the best possible educational experience to our students and reflects the continued hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.”
U.S. News identifies “Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor’s” as those which focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs including liberal arts and professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. Morningside offers degree
programs in the liberal arts and these three areas, as well as pre-professional majors in such fields as law, medicine, and optometry.
Other Iowa private colleges designated in the 2007 U.S. News rankings include the following: Buena Vista University, Central College, Clarke College, Dordt College, Loras College, Mount Mercy College, Northwestern College, Simpson College, and Wartburg College.
The U.S. News rankings for the comprehensive colleges-bachelor’s 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.