WWC makes the list

U.S.News & World Report ranks WWC 41st in "America's Best Colleges" edition

By: Kristi Spurgeon

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 41st 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. “Although this is just one indicator of our continuing success, it is still rewarding."

U.S.News & World Report annually ranks the nation’s four-year accredited colleges and universities. There were 557 universities in the “Best Universities—Master’s” category and WWC was compared with 123 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 25 percent, we have one of the highest average alumni giving rate of all the universities in our category.”

Complete ranking information can be found at www.usnews.com.

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