WILMINGTON — Wilmington College ranks in the top quarter of colleges in the 12-state Midwest Region, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Colleges” issue.
U.S. News defines regional colleges as those that focus on undergraduate education and grant fewer than half of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. Criteria includes such data as first year retention rate, graduation rate, peer assessment, percent of classes under 20 students and alumni giving rate.
In addition, Wilmington College ranked 17th in the Midwest Region among “Top Performers on Social Mobility” for enrolling and graduating large proportions of economically disadvantaged students.
This year’s “Best Colleges” ranking at 24th is the highest for the College since 2008 when it was 23rd in the Midwest Region, which includes 98 schools from Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota.
Taylor University in Indiana earned the top ranking in the region. Wilmington joins Ohio Athletic Conference peers Ohio Northern, Marietta, Heidelberg and Mount Union universities in the top 25.
Princeton and Harvard universities ranked one/two among national universities while Williams and Amherst received the top rankings for national liberal arts colleges. UCLA and the University of California at Berkeley were ranked as the top public universities, with Butler and John Carroll named as the best universities in the Midwest Region.