Wabash College continues to be ranked among the top national liberal arts colleges in the US News and World Reports annual ranking of the best colleges, released Monday. Data was collected on more than 1,850 colleges and universities in the report.
“The American News The rankings provide a wealth of data for families to consider when determining the best college for their children,” said Wabash President Scott Feller. “Beyond the numerical ranking, you can see important metrics such as average class size, faculty quality, retention, graduation rates, and alumni satisfaction. These are good things to keep in mind when evaluating a college, and Wabash shines in these areas.
Wabash is tied for 55th among national liberal arts colleges, ranking the College in the top third in the nation. Wabash was ranked 25th nationally by American News as the best value school, a measure of both academic quality and cost, which was the highest value ranking for all schools in Indiana.
American News rated Wabash as an “A+ school for B students,” an institution “where spirit and hard work can make all the difference to admissions,” according to the publication’s criteria. Wabash’s freshman retention rate of 87% ranked in the top 10 nationally among A+ schools.
Additionally, the College has been ranked among the best in social mobility, identifying Wabash as a college that “does better than others in advancing social mobility by enrolling and securing large numbers of disadvantaged students who are rewarded with Pell Fellowships”.
“I’m very proud of Wabash College’s place in this ranking because of some of the important factors that go into the results,” said Todd McDorman, Dean of the College and Professor of Rhetoric. “Wabash’s status as a ‘Best Value School’ is representative of how we are able to provide world-class education at a more affordable cost to our students and their families. Likewise, our Social Mobility Rating underscores that a Wabash education is both accessible to students and transformative in its lifelong impact.
The American News the rankings are based on a weighted distribution of the following criteria: results (40%), faculty resources (20%), expert advice (20%), financial resources (10%), student excellence (7%) and alumni donations (3%). Wabash’s alumni giving rate of 38% places the school among the top six liberal arts schools in the nation.
These rankings follow Wabash’s spotlight for the economic benefits enjoyed by its graduates. As reported in Forbes, DegreeChoices.com Wabash ranked ninth among national liberal arts colleges for how quickly students recoup their investment and long-term earnings compared to other college graduates. Wabash also placed 17th in a Silver a list that considered quality, affordability and student outcomes.
Additionally, Wabash was named one of the best undergraduate educational institutions by The Princeton Review in its 2023 list of the top 388 schools nationally, ranking in the top 15% of more than 2,500 four-year colleges based in the United States.