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Olivet College named a "Best College" by U.S. News & World Report
Sep 14, 2011

In its 2012 edition of America’s “Best Colleges,” U.S. News & World Report ranks Olivet College in the top tier of Best Regional Colleges Midwest. This is the second time since January that Olivet has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

“Recognition as a top tier college by U.S. News confirms what those familiar with Olivet have long known, that students can get one of the best educations in the region at Olivet College,” said Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “When combined with U.S. News’ recognition as one of the most popular colleges in the country, it confirms that when students and their families take a close look at what they’ll receive when they come to Olivet, they see a quality small college education and a good value as well.”

U.S. News & World Report is frequently cited as the nation’s premier college ranking publication. The rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The 2012 report includes data on 1,600 colleges and universities, with rankings based on several key measures of quality. The Regional Universities and Regional Colleges categories are based on the weighted scores of indicators including: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Olivet earned the #58 spot in the top tier of the Best Regional Colleges Midwest category. To review the complete methodology, visit http://www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

In addition to the 2012 “Best Colleges” rankings, Olivet was included on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Most Popular Liberal Arts Colleges in January. The publication named Olivet among 233 institutions based on the college’s yield, which is the percentage of applicants accepted who end up enrolling at that institution in the fall. According to the report, a school’s yield is one of the best indicators of its popularity.

The 2012 rankings will be published in the 350-page “Best Colleges” guidebook, as well as the September issue of U.S. News & World Report. They are also available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.


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