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Hamline Named a Top University by U.S. News and World Report


Hamline University remains a top-ranked university in its class according to U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2018 edition. Hamline ranked sixteenth among 162 institutions in the Best Regional Colleges ‘Midwest’ category. In addition, Hamline once again made the Best Value list, the top Minnesota university on that list in the Midwest category, and the list of A+ Schools for B Students.

“We are very proud to consistently be recognized as a top university in the Midwest by U.S. News,” Hamline President Fayneese Miller said. “Hamline strives to be the premier liberal arts university in Minnesota. We are committed to nurturing a diverse, inclusive community where students have the academic, high-impact, and co-curricular opportunities that ensure they thrive at Hamline and beyond.”

U.S. News’ Best Regional Colleges 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 average graduation rate, first-year student retention, class size, and faculty-to-student ratio, among other criteria.

Best Value schools are calculated based on high academic quality and the 2016-2017 net cost for students who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the value.

The A+ Schools for B Students category takes into account the potential of students beyond GPA, where U.S. News says “spirit and hard work could make all the difference.” About these schools, U.S. News advises prospective students, “Since many (colleges) truly seek a broad and engaged student body, be sure to display your individuality and seriousness of purpose as you apply.”

You can view the full array of U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges rankings on its website
. In addition, go to Hamline’s website to find out more about other publications that rank Hamline among the best in their college rankings.