August 02, 2012

Hamline Again Makes the Forbes.com list of the Nation's Top Colleges

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 Hamline University is again among ‘America’s Top Colleges’ according to the latest rankings by Forbes.com.

For the past five years, Forbes has analyzed the quality of higher education institutions in the United States, and Hamline has made the list each year. Forbes aims to rank colleges by educational outcomes.

"The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt," said Forbes' Michael Noer on the company's website. "They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending."

The center determined post-graduation success through an evaluation of alumni pay and prominence. Student satisfaction was assessed by professor evaluations and retention rates from the freshman to sophomore years. Rankings also took into account four-year graduation rates, number of students who earned prestigious scholarships and fellowships, and lower student debt loads and default rates.

Of the 650 American colleges and universities that had the distinction of making the ‘best’ list (out of more than 6,000 institutions nationwide), Hamline moved up in the rankings by more than 10 places, now sitting at 255th overall. The university also ranks 201st among all private colleges in the U.S. and 55th in the Midwest. Read more about Hamline's ranking on Forbes.com.