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Nazarene schools among best colleges in US News & World Report rankings
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Global Ministry Center
U.S. News & World Report named several Nazarene institutions of higher education among "America's Best Colleges" once again. The publication released their rankings for 2012 last week.

Rankings are broken down into specific categories. The first 75 percent of schools in each category are given individual rankings. The next group of schools is in a "rank not published" section listed in alphabetical order, followed by an "unranked" section.

National Universities

Schools in the National Universities category, such as the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral degrees. These colleges also are committed to producing ground breaking research.

One Nazarene school was placed in the National Universities category (click on the school's name for U.S. News profile) [Last year's rank]:

Trevecca Nazarene University (Rank not published [Tier 2*]; Nashville, Tennessee; Dan Boone, president)

Regional Universities

Regional Universities offer a full range of undergrad programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs. Regional Universities include Providence College, James Madison University, Creighton University, and Santa Clara University.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

Six Nazarene universities were placed in this category (click school for U.S. News profile) [last year's ranking]:

Olivet Nazarene University (Midwest No. 58 [66]; Bourbonnais, Illinois; John C. Bowling, president)
Story: "Olivet named one of Best Colleges for seventh consecutive year"
MidAmerica Nazarene University (Rank not published [Tier 2*]; Olathe, Kansas; James H. Diehl, acting president)
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Midwest No.88 [Midwest No. 26 in Regional Colleges category]; Mount Vernon, Ohio; Daniel J. Martin, president) 

Point Loma Nazarene University (West No. 15 [16]; San Diego, California; Bob Brower, president)
Story: "PLNU's highest-ever ranking in US News & World Report"
Northwest Nazarene University (West No. 53 [40]; Nampa, Idaho; David Alexander, president) 
Story: "US News & World Report ranks NNU one of Best Regional Universities of the West"
Southern Nazarene University (West No. 76 [68]; Bethany, Oklahoma; Loren P. Gresham, president)

National Liberal Arts Colleges

Among the National Liberal Arts Colleges are schools like Washington and Lee University and Davidson College, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half of their degrees in the liberal arts fields of study.

One Nazarene school was placed in this category (click school for U.S. News profile):

Eastern Nazarene University (Rank not published [North No.31 in Regional Colleges category]; Quincy, Massachusetts; Corlis McGee, president)

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*For 2011's rankings U.S. News published the numbered rankings of approximately the top 75 percent of schools in each of the categories. The remaining schools were placed in the Second Tier based on their overall score in their category, and listed alphabetically. 

For the publication's methodology in creating their 2012 rankings, click here
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