SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — Wittenberg University once again placed among the best liberal arts colleges in the country according to the 2005 edition of the U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” guide, which goes on sale Monday, Aug. 23, the same day Wittenberg’s fall semester begins. The school is also among one of 170 colleges named the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review.
Released online today, the latest U.S. News rankings name Wittenberg 105th in the first tier of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges. According to the magazine, liberal arts colleges emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the liberal arts. Of the 217 liberal arts institutions nationwide, 196 are private, including Wittenberg.
The U.S. News rankings are based on criteria such as graduation and retention rates, faculty and financial resources, and the percentage of alumni who donate money to their alma mater.
The goal of The Princeton Review rankings is to identify some of the colleges and universities that the editors feel stand out within each region and, in particular, to raise public awareness of many schools that may not be as well known.
“To be consistently recognized in national guides developed by external reviewers only validates what Wittenberg offers students,” said Evan Lipp, Wittenberg’s associate vice president of enrollment management. “These guides should be used as a resource for families to determine which schools meet the criteria important to them, and then they should request more information from those schools. But the most important step is to go out and visit the schools and make your selection from there.”
Founded in 1845 and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Wittenberg provides strong programs in the arts and sciences, and requires community service of all its graduates. More than 20 percent of Wittenberg students enter graduate programs immediately after graduation, and 70 percent eventually pursue an advanced degree at some point in their careers.
In 2003, the Wittenberg education department was officially extended accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), making the institution the first liberal arts college in Ohio to earn such a distinction under new standards. Wittenberg offers a master of arts in education as well as more than 40 majors in undergraduate study for traditional and non-traditional adult students.
Wittenberg ranks in the top 10 percent of private liberal arts and sciences colleges nationwide in the number of doctoral degrees earned by alumni. Graduates have also enjoyed successful careers in a variety of fields, including education, business, science, fine and performing arts, politics, medicine, ministry, dentistry and law. For more information, contact the office of admission at (937) 327-6314.
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