St. Norbert College again ranked nationally among top liberal arts colleges in the country in 2010 U.S. News and World Report's guide to "America's Best Colleges"

From St. Norbert College, August 20, 2009
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

For nearly two decades, St. Norbert College had been ranked among the top colleges in the Midwest. Now St. Norbert College is ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation. Two years ago, for the first time, St. Norbert moved into the very competitive national arena of "Best Liberal Arts" schools in the country category. The 2010 U.S. News and World Report rankings have just been released and St. Norbert College is once again named one of "America's Best Liberal Arts Colleges."

For 18 years, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Norbert College among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest only. This is the third year it's been listed among the nation's Best Liberal Arts Colleges. The change comes following St. Norbert College's reclassification in 2006 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching--an independent policy and research center which 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, financial resources and alumni giving.

"St. Norbert College is an outstanding institution of higher learning and U.S. News has again recognized that excellence," said St. Norbert College President Thomas Kunkel.

"As I begin my second year, I am constantly reminded of our 111-year commitment to student achievement. Our community will continue its pursuit of excellence in all areas, including many of the categories reflected in the U.S. News rankings. We appreciate this recognition and are proud to be among the nation's best liberal arts colleges."

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, 91 percent of the colleges and universities returned surveys.

America's Best Colleges guide can be found online at http://www.usnews.com. Both the magazine and the guidebook will be on newsstands Monday, Aug. 24.

St. Norbert College is a Catholic liberal arts college, founded by the Norbertine order in 1898 and is located in De Pere, Wis.

The college has also been named to Templeton Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges and has been named one of "The Best in the Midwest" by the Princeton Review magazine, and was recently ranked among the best colleges in the country by Forbes.com.