National rankings continue to reflect St. Norbert’s widening reputation
released rankings show once again that St. Norbert College is one of
“America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” St. Norbert now ranks
among the country’s top Catholic liberal arts colleges in the 2012 U.S.
News and World Report’s listings, nudging out St. Anselm College for
The rankings see St. Norbert holding steady at
number 127 among all the institutions on the list of best national
liberal arts colleges. The college has improved its overall score on
that list by three points, to 51.
Several factors help account
for the college’s ranking. Its freshman retention rate is 83 percent;
its graduation rate (77 percent) exceeds by 10 percent the predicted
rate (67 percent) based on the college’s student body; and 87 percent of
the faculty are full-time. Peer assessment, faculty resources, student
selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving are other critical
For 18 years, U.S. News & World Report ranked
St. Norbert among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. This is
the fifth year the college has been included among the nation’s best
liberal arts colleges. The change followed St. Norbert’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 college’s repeat
at number 127 comes a year after a 14-place leap from number 141.
Norbert College is delighted and gratified to be highly ranked again
this year,” said President Tom Kunkel. “This recognizes the momentum we
have in building the student experience. The rankings come at a time
when we have the largest student body in our history – with the best
academic profile in history. U.S. News once again recognizes our pursuit
“We appreciate this recognition and are proud to
be among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges. To be among the top
nine Catholic liberal arts colleges is even more gratifying as we work
to further fulfill our mission.”
U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide can be found online at www.usnews.com. The guidebook hit newsstands Sept. 20.
Building success in national rankings
Norbert was recently ranked among the best colleges and universities in
the country by Forbes.com, also. The magazine’s fourth annual list
ranks more than 600 schools in the country. St. Norbert College jumped
68 spots to number 84 among all colleges and universities in the nation.
examined a number of criteria in determining its rankings, including
the amount of enjoyment students get out of their classes; students’
success after graduation; the amount of debt incurred while in school;
and success of students in distinguishing themselves academically.
To view the complete Forbes.com rankings and learn more about the methodology, go to http://www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list/.
Norbert College was also listed as a 2012 “Best in the Midwest” college
by Princeton Review. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for
each rating score on its site at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx.