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    Hamline University: Recent Rankings

    2013: U.S.News & World Report

    Hamline ranked 1st university in Minnesota, 11th in region in its category of "America's Best Colleges"

    For the thirteenth consecutive year, Hamline University remains the top-ranked private Minnesota university in its class in the 2013 rankings of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report magazine.

    Hamline University ranked first in Minnesota and eleventh among 147 universities in the Midwest region in the magazine’s Best Regional Universities category. Hamline has been ranked first in Minnesota and in the top 11 in the Midwest since it was added to the Best Regional Universities category (formerly titled Best Universities-Master’s category) in 2001. 

In the U.S. News section entitled “Great Schools, Great Prices,” in which schools are ranked in terms of dollar value for the quality of education, Hamline was again ranked in the top fifteen “best value” schools among the universities in its class. Hamline also made the list of “A+ Schools for B Students.”

    “Rigorous academics and real-world, high impact learning opportunities are at the heart of a Hamline education. We are extremely pleased that our reputation and success have been affirmed by the U.S. News rankings for more than a decade,” Dr. Linda Hanson, president of Hamline University, said. “We know that many people look to U.S. News when they begin selecting a college, and I always tell parents and students that the rankings are just one reference source for learning about their options when it comes to making this important decision. Students should visit campuses, thoroughly examine academic and co-curricular programs offered, and carefully consider the quality of teaching they will receive before selecting a school.”

    The magazine’s Best Regional Universities category includes schools throughout the nation that award primarily undergraduate and master’s degrees and a small number of doctoral degrees. The rankings measure a school’s overall academic reputation, as well as selected criteria within its undergraduate college, such as average graduation rate, first year student retention, class size, and faculty to student ratio, among other criteria, to compute an academic quality rating. 

    Other Minnesota schools in the Best Regional Universities category include St. Catherine University (tied for #13), Bethel University (tied for #21), Augsburg College (tied for #26), College of St. Scholastica (#33), and Concordia University (#92). A complete listing of this year's rankings is available on U.S.News & World Report's website.

    2013: Washington Monthly

    Hamline University has been ranked fourteenth in the nation in its category in Washington Monthly's 2013 College Rankings

    Hamline University has been ranked fourteenth in the nation in its category in Washington Monthly's 2013 College Rankings, which highlights institutions that value service to the community.

    According to Washington Monthly, the rankings measure and quantify how well individual colleges and universities are meeting their public obligations in the areas of research, service, and social mobility. Hamline ranked first in Minnesota and fourteenth nationwide (up from twentieth in 2012) in its category of top "Master's Universities."
    Here are other Minnesota schools that made the rankings lists: In "Master's Universities" category- Augsburg (#52), University of Minnesota- Duluth (#89), Metropolitan State University (#98), St. Catherine's University (#155), Saint Cloud University (#160), Bethel University (#198); in the "National Universities" category- University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (#56); and in the "Liberal Arts Colleges" category- Carleton College (#2), Macalaster College (#13), St. Olaf College (#38), and Gustavus Adolphus College (#56).

    Review this complete list of rankings and an explanation of the methodology behind them:www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/

    2013: Forbes.com

    Forbes.com Ranks Hamline among "Best"; Success of grads, quality of education biggest factors in rankings 

    Hamline University is again among the nation’s “best colleges and universities” according to the latest rankings by Forbes.com.

    For the past six years, Forbes.com has analyzed the quality of higher education institutions in the United States, and Hamline has made the list each year.

    "What sets our calculation of 650 colleges and universities apart from other rankings is our firm belief in “output” over “input,” Forbes' Caroline Howard said in her online introduction of this year's rankings. "We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank and SAT scores. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college."

    Quality of education and success of graduates are the main factors that determine placement on the list. Forbes worked with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and paid special attention to factors that are of special concern to incoming students.

    They analyzed the schools according to five categories: how much graduates succeed in their chosen professions, evaluation of the average salaries of graduates, the number of alumni listed in a Forbes/CCAP list of corporate officers, enrollment-adjusted entries in Who's Who in America, and how satisfied students are with their college experience.

    2014: Princeton Review

    Hamline Named a "Best Midwestern" School by Princeton Review; rankings reflect academic strength, institutional data, reputation, and student input.

    Hamline University was named one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review. The New York City-based education services company selected Hamline as one of 155 institutions it recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its PrincetonReview.com feature 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

    The 155 colleges chosen for the "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Two-hundred-twenty-six colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 138 in the Southeast are also designated as best in their locales.

    "We're pleased to recommend Hamline University as one of the best schools to earn an undergraduate degree. We chose it and the other institutions as our 'regional best' colleges mainly for its excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing.

    In addition, The Princeton Review asked students to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of their science lab facilities -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus lives. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

    “Hamline University combines knowledgeable professors, a fun environment, great study abroad options, challenging classes, [and] helpful resources to create an intelligent, moderate, religious, small undergraduate program that stresses public service and rational discussion,” one student wrote in a review of Hamline.

    The Princeton Review is known for its test preparation, college admission, and other education services. It is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine.

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