U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 college rankings name the University of Findlay as one of the best in the Midwest for the 13th consecutive year, and recognize it as one of the regional “Best Value Schools.”
Findlay rose to No. 37 in the “Regional Universities Midwest” category, which includes 172 schools, and UF is ranked No. 51 for affordability out of the 75 schools listed.
“The University is pleased to be ranked highly again by U.S. News & World Report, and to earn affordability recognition as well,” said University of Findlay President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “I congratulate our faculty, staff, and donors whose dedication and support provide our students with an invaluable education at a competitive price.”
Complete rankings are available here. They are also in U.S. News & World Report’s September issue, and in its Best Colleges 2019 guidebook. Data was gathered during the 2017/2018 academic year.
U.S. News’ annual rankings, which are valued by schools, students and families, group schools based on 10 distinct categories created by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education’s system; the categories (such as the “Regional Universities Midwest” category that UF occupies) are determined by academic factors such as the scope of undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs offered. Colleges and universities were evaluated based on 16 academic quality measures such as first-year student retention, graduation rates and faculty strength.
The rankings, which rely on statistical data rather than student surveys and site visits, serve as a resource for students and their caregivers who are researching colleges and universities. Using a proprietary methodology, they are developed to help such consumers evaluate and compare. Provided are overviews of each school, including tuition, financial aid and programs available.
Schools are ranked based on key quality measures including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, graduation rate performance, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
Best Value Schools were selected based on academic quality and the 2017-2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.
“Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically,” the publication’s website explains.