Hamline News

U.S. News Names Hamline 1st in MN, 11th in Midwest Among Best Regional Universities


For the thirteenth 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 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,” said Dr. Linda Hanson, president of Hamline University. “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 at the U.S.News & World Report website.