Grace Ranked Among Top Midwestern Colleges
Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., has again been named one of the “Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest” according to U.S. News and World Report. Grace ranked 39th out of the schools listed.
Colleges are ranked according to several criteria, including academic reputation, retention rates, graduation rates, faculty, admissions practices, financial resources, and alumni contributions.
For the past several years, the Princeton Review has also recognized Grace as one of the Midwest’s best colleges, citing academic excellence as well as high ratings in student opinion surveys.
“The students, faculty, and staff at Grace College know what a fantastic education Grace provides and it’s gratifying to see that presented nationally, as well” said Dr. Bill Katip, provost of Grace College. “As we have re-designed our curriculum and structure we are excited about what the future holds here at Grace, and are encouraged by the 18% increase in new students.”
Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News and World Report, available on newsstands September 20. The 2012 Best Colleges guidebook will also be on newsstands September 20.
Though Grace is a four-year liberal arts college, it now offers academically aggressive students an accelerated 3-year degree option which will cut 25% from the costs of a college education and enter the job market one year earlier. This translates into an additional 25% return in the form of another year of income. At the same time, a new curricular model provides more time for contextual experiences and applied learning, such as internships, study abroad, student teaching, research fellowships, and student leadership positions. These changes will help students engage more deeply and actively in their education. Students may choose to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in three years, a bachelor’s and master’s in four, or a bachelor’s in four.