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    Hamline University: Recent Rankings

    2015: U.S.News & World Report

    U.S. News Names Hamline 1st in MN, 12th in Midwest Among Best Regional Universities

    For the fifteenth consecutive year, Hamline University remains the top-ranked Minnesota university in its class according to U.S. News & World Report magazine’s America’s Best Colleges edition.

    Hamline University ranked first in Minnesota and twelfth among 149 universities in the Midwest region in the magazine’s Best Regional Universities category. Hamline has been ranked first in Minnesota and in the top 15 in the Midwest since it was added to the Best Regional Universities 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 was the only Minnesota university to make that list in the regional category. Hamline also again made the list of A+ Schools for B Students. Additionally this year, Hamline placed on the Best Colleges for Veterans list.

    “We are extremely gratified by our continued success in U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings,” Hamline President Fayneese Miller said. “As Hamline’s new president, I look forward to building on this momentum with a strong focus on ensuring students from diverse backgrounds have access to our exceptional programs, that we continue to offer rigorous academics and high-impact learning opportunities, and that we are preparing students for lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.

    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.

    A complete listing of this year's rankings is available at the U.S.News & World Report website.

    2015: Washington Monthly

    Hamline placed first in Minnesota and 22 in the nation in Washington Monthly’s Best Master’s Universities category and also placed well on the publication’s Best Bang for the Buck list in the Midwest region. 

    The Best Master’s Universities rankings take into account a number of factors including: recruitment and graduation rates of low-income students, cutting-edge scholarship, and the institution’s commitment to encouraging students to give back to their country.

    The Best Bang for the Buck list is compiled based on schools that are the best value for your money based on net price, graduation rates, and whether those students go on to earn at least enough to pay off their loans. 

    You can see the complete 2015 rankings on Washington Monthly’s website.

    2015: 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 eight 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.

    2016: Princeton Review

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

    Hamline University was once again ranked as one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest in The Princeton Review's annual rankings. The New York City-based education services company selected Hamline as one of the 159 institutions it endorses on its “Best in Midwest” 2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region list.

    “We chose Hamline University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits," Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president of publishing, said.

    The 2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region feature recognizes schools as “regional bests” across four areas: the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West. In total, 649 schools received this designation. The 159 colleges selected for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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

    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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