August 20, 2009
Morningside College is designated one of the Midwest’s “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the 2010 edition of "America's Best Colleges" released by U.S. News & World Report. Morningside is ranked 23 out of 94 baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest.
U.S. News also named Morningside College to its “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” list as one of 77 colleges and universities that the nation’s leading academics most often mention as having made striking improvements or innovations. According to U.S. News, the colleges singled out in the “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” list “have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.”
Morningside College President John Reynders said this is the sixth consecutive year Morningside has been designated a "Best College" in the U.S. News rankings.
“It’s also extremely gratifying to be included on the U.S. News up-and-coming schools list and to know that our colleagues in higher education recognize the transformation taking place on our campus," Reynders added. "We recently completed the most successful fundraising campaign in Morningside's history, and we have dramatically improved the appearance of our campus to offer students the best possible residential college experience.
The U.S. News college rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at www.usnews.com/colleges and also are published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine.
The U.S. News rankings for the best baccalaureate colleges category are based on key indicators in six broad areas: peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. U.S. News identifies baccalaureate colleges as institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts and in professional programs such as business, nursing and education.
To develop its "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" list, U.S. News asked college presidents, provosts, and admissions deans to nominate up to 10 colleges that are making improvements in academics, faculty, students, campus life, diversity, and facilities. The colleges that received the most nominations were included in the final list. Access the "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" list here.