Muskingum University is once again one of the top-performing universities in the region according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best College Rankings 2020, landing as the #8 Best Value School, Regional Universities Midwest; the #18 Top Performer on Social Mobility; and in the top third of the Best Regional Universities Midwest.
The institution’s Best Value ranking takes into account a school’s academic quality and the 2018-2019 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. According to U.S. News & World Report, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in, or near, the top half of their categories are included because the publication considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.
Muskingum University was also named the #1 Top Performer on Social Mobility in Ohio, and #18 overall. The ranking measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. The higher a school’s Pell graduation rate relative to its non-Pell graduation rate, the better it scores.
Rounding out the rankings, the University placed in the top third of the Best Regional Universities Midwest category. The publication defines regional universities as those offering a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s programs, but few doctoral programs. Regional universities are split into four categories: North, South, Midwest, and West.
“These wonderful acknowledgments from U.S. News & World Report reinforce our University-wide commitment to support, challenge, and prepare students for the future through high-impact, hands-on learning,” said Muskingum University President Susan S. Hasseler. “Through our entrepreneurial and experiential learning opportunities designed to help promote inclusive excellence, Muskingum University students are provided with the tools to thrive now, and well into the future.”