DePauw top Indiana liberal arts college in new U.S. News list

Monday, September 9, 2019

The annual U.S. News & World Report listing of America’s top colleges is out today, and the 2020 edition puts DePauw University at No. 46 (tied with six other institutions) among “National Liberal Arts Colleges,” making it the top Indiana school in that category.

DePauw, which was in a tie for No. 56 last year, is also No. 44 for “Best Value Schools” and tied for No. 60 for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” in the 2020 rankings.

The 46th spot includes DePauw, Berea College, Connecticut College, Dickinson College, Furman University, Trinity College and Whitman College.

“U.S. News made some changes for its 35th edition of the rankings,” according to the Boston Globe. “The publication updated its methodology to give the nearly 1,400 schools it evaluated more credit based on how they supported first-generation college students through graduation. The publication evaluates schools based on student outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.

“This year, the publication also created a new ranking category, Top Performers on Social Mobility, evaluating schools that best serve underrepresented students by looking at enrollment and graduation rates of low-income students.”

Among other “National Liberal Arts Colleges” in Indiana, Wabash College ranked No. 53 nationally, while Earlham (No. 80), Saint Mary’s College (No. 102), Hanover College (No. 105) and Franklin College (No. 145) all made the list.

The University of Notre Dame topped the “National Universities” ranking for the state at No. 15, followed by Purdue University-West Lafayette (No. 57), Indiana University-Bloomington (No. 79) also in the top 100.

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DePauw was also recently ranked No. 21 on the Forbes list of the “25 Top Colleges in the Midwest.”

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