Gordon Named Among “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report
Gordon College was once again named among the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report, the global authority in education rankings. Announced today, U.S. News and World Report’s 2022-2023 Best Colleges placed Gordon at number 151, up from 158 last year.
Of the many Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) accredited institutions, only a handful meet the stringent criteria standardized by U.S. News. Gordon has achieved this ranking and the Princeton Review’s “Best 388 Colleges” for the past several years.
Serving as a guide for prospective students and their families, the 2022-2023 Best Colleges rankings evaluate 1,500 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of quality.
To calculate the rankings, U.S. News focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures—including graduation rates, retention rates, graduate indebtedness and social mobility. Outcomes are the mostly highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 40 percent to each school’s overall score.
Other schools included on the “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” include Williams College and Amherst College, both in Massachusetts, as well as Pomona College in California.
“For nearly 40 years, the Best Colleges methodology has continuously evolved to reflect changes in the higher education landscape and the interests of prospective students,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “Guiding that evolution is U.S. News’ mission of providing useful data and information to help with one of life’s biggest decisions.” Changes this year included an update to the SAT/ACT calculation, a more comprehensive measure of faculty resources and updates to the ranking categories themselves.