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St. Norbert College Moves Up Seven Spots in National U.S. News & World Report College Rankings

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From St. Norbert College, September 10, 2018
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

The 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings have just been released; and St. Norbert College moved up seven spots and is once again named one of “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” St. Norbert is listed in the top tier, is ranked 127 overall and is among the country’s top 10 Catholic liberal arts colleges. More than 1,600 schools were graded in the report.

“We appreciate this recognition and are proud to be among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges,” said President Brian Bruess. “It’s our mission to graduate outstanding citizens who make a difference in the lives of others.”

For 18 years, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Norbert among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. For the last 12 years, the college has been listed among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. 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.

Several factors account for St. Norbert College’s ranking. Its first-year retention rate is 84 percent, and its graduation rate (73 percent) exceeds by 3 percent the predicted rate (70 percent) based on the college’s student body. Peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving are also key factors.
U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide can be found online at The guidebook will be on newsstands in October.

As the only institution of higher education founded by the Norbertines �" a Catholic order committed to community, education and service to others �" St. Norbert is dedicated to educating students in the context of personal and social responsibility.

St. Norbert also is recognized by The Princeton Review as a “Best College” and by the Templeton Foundation’s Honor Roll for Character-Building Colleges. St. Norbert also has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction.

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