St. Norbert College ranked no. 4, listed as a "great school, great price" in 2006 U.S. News & World Report's Guide to "America's Best Colleges"

From St. Norbert College, August 19, 2005
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

St. Norbert College ranked No. 4 out of 107 colleges in the Midwest in the Best Comprehensive College-Bachelor's, Midwest region, according to the 2006 "America's Best Colleges" rankings released by "U.S. News & World Report."

St. Norbert College was also listed in the "Great schools, great prices" section, ranking #7 in the Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelors, Midwest region. "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal," wrote "U.S. News & World Report."

This is the 16th year "U.S. News & World Report" has ranked St. Norbert College among the top ten liberal arts colleges in the Midwest and the 12th consecutive year that it has been ranked in the top five. "U.S. News & World Report" ranked 324 comprehensive colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

St. Norbert College's overall score was 92 out of 100. The College was fourth in the Midwest region with a graduation rate of 72 percent. St. Norbert College's average freshman retention rate is 83 percent, and 52 percent of its classes are under 20 students per class. 0.3 percent of its classes have 50 or more students in them.

The College ranked second in peer assessment. "U.S. News & World Report" states, "The peer assessment survey allows the top academics we contact -- presidents, provosts and deans of admission -- to account for intangibles such as faculty dedication to teaching."

The key criteria in judging schools are peer assessment, freshmen retention rate and graduation rate, and faculty resources.

"We are pleased and honored that St. Norbert College's excellent faculty and academic reputation continues to be recognized nationally. For the past 107 years, St. Norbert has provided an educational environment that challenges each student to grow intellectually, spiritually and personally. Our students and alumni make a difference throughout the world," said St. Norbert College President William Hynes. "Our faculty's strong reputation among our peers and our strong graduation rate are clearly two of the reasons we do so well."

St. Mary's College (Indiana) placed first, Calvin College (Michigan) placed second, and Taylor University (Indiana) placed third.

"U.S. News & World Report" ranks colleges and universities by categorizing the schools primarily by mission and, in some cases, by region. "U.S. News & World Report" collects up to 15 indicators of academic excellence data from each school and assigns a weight to each that reflects the magazine's judgment about how much each measure matters, and then ranks the colleges against their peers, based on their composite weighted score. This year, 95 percent of the colleges and universities returned surveys.

"America's Best Colleges" guide can be found on-line at http://www.usnews.com/usnews/home.htm. Both the magazine and the guidebook will be on newsstands Monday, Aug. 22.

St. Norbert College is a Catholic, Norbertine liberal arts college, founded in 1898 and located in Wisconsin.