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September 2007

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St. Norbert College placed among nation’s best

America's Best Colleges St. Norbert College is now ranked alongside the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, according to the 2008 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings released by U.S. News & World Report last month.

For nearly two decades, the magazine has ranked St. Norbert among the top colleges in the Midwest. This year, St. Norbert moves from this regional listing into the even more competitive national category of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges,” where it places in the top half of all ranked liberal arts colleges in the nation.

The change follows St. Norbert College’s reclassification in 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, an independent policy and research center that partners with U.S. News & World Report for its rankings.

The key criteria in judging schools are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, and student selectivity.

“We are pleased and honored that St. Norbert College’s reputation is now recognized among the top liberal arts colleges nationally,” said St. Norbert College president William Hynes.

“This is something I am personally quite proud of. This speaks to our outstanding graduation rate of 72 percent and freshman retention rate of 84 percent. It’s a privilege to be recognized for our collective achievements.”

U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities by categorizing the schools primarily by mission and, in some cases, by region. The magazine collects up to 15 indicators of academic excellence data from each school, then ranks the colleges against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

For an example of local coverage, check out an article that appeared in the Green Bay Press-Gazette.



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