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08/19/05 9:31 am Age: 10 yrs

WWC in top tier


By: Kristi Spurgeon

of U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings

Walla Walla College again ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities according to U.S. News & World Report’s edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

The magazine places WWC 37th out of 65 other top tier schools in the category of “Best Universities—Master’s” in the Western region of the United States.

“We are very pleased to see Walla Walla College recognized as one of the top universities in the nation,” says Jon Dybdahl, WWC president. “It is gratifying to include these results as one of the indicators of our success.”

U.S. News & World Report annually ranks the nation’s four-year accredited colleges and universities. There were 572 universities in the “Best Universities—Master’s” category and WWC was compared with 124 other universities in the western region. The magazine evaluated each institution based on several broad categories including peer assessment, freshman retention and graduation rates, class sizes, student/faculty ratio, percentage of full-time faculty, acceptance rate, and alumni giving.

“One of the factors leading to our high ranking is our 13 to 1 student teacher ratio. Small classes allow students to interact more closely with their professors, leading to better success in and out of the classroom,” Dybdahl says. “Another strong factor is our alumni giving. At 27 percent, we have the highest average alumni giving rate of all the universities in our category.”

Walla Walla College is a four-year liberal arts college in College Place, Wash., with an annual enrollment of about 1,900 students. WWC maintains four satellite campuses and offers five master’s programs. A highlight of the recent academic year included completion of an $18 million capital campaign to renovate key portions of the campus.

Complete ranking information can be found at

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