Most recently, “U.S. News & World Report” rated MC highly on its respected annual “Best Colleges Rankings” list for Regional Colleges Midwest. The national publication is widely considered the gold standard for rankings of colleges and universities in the United States.
McPherson College ranked 38th on the list. McPherson College President Michael Schneider noted that only one college in Kansas ranked higher on the list than MC.
“We’re in some wonderful company with this ranking by ‘U.S. News & World Report,’” Schneider said. “This continuing success results from the individual efforts of so many people at McPherson College. We support and challenge each other to become better every day. I could not be more proud of our campus community.”
“U.S. News & World Report” considers multiple factors in ranking institutions, each weighted as a percentage of the total score. Graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, the quality of resources from faculty (such as class size and student-faculty ratio), and student selectivity account for more than three-fourths of the ranking.
The remaining approximate one-fourth of the ranking is determined by a college’s actual graduation rate compared to expected rate, the rate and amount of alumni giving, and the financial resources at the institution’s disposal.
“We’ve seen improvements in almost every category,” President Schneider said. “This recognition speaks to the progress and commitment of our faculty and staff.”