by Public Relations Office
August 19, 2005
Cedarville, Ohio—The editors of "U.S.News & World Report" have ranked Cedarville University in the top tier of Midwest region comprehensive colleges for the fifth consecutive year. (Prior to the magazine changing its rating scheme in 2001, Cedarville had been listed in the "liberal arts colleges" category.) The annual rankings are to appear in the magazine`s August 30 issue, due to hit newsstands next week. The rankings will also be available at www.usnews.com
"U.S.News" used factors such as admissions selectivity and student/faculty ratio to determine the rankings. A more detailed description of the factors is available at www.usnews.com
Cedarville University was ranked 13th in the Midwest overall for the second year in a row and finished at or near the top of the region in several areas. For example, Cedarville`s percentage of freshmen who graduated in the top quarter of their high school class was fifth highest at 63 percent. The University`s 70 percent graduation rate was fifth highest in the Midwest. Cedarville had the fourth highest percentage of faculty considered full time (93 percent). And, Cedarville was in the Midwest`s top ten for its freshman retention rate of 83 percent. Nationally, Cedarville ranked 24th overall out of 324 comprehensive colleges.
"We are extremely pleased by this positive, independent evaluation of the University`s quality and value," said Dr. Bill Brown, Cedarville`s president. He continued, "Our aim is to equip our students for lives of excellence by offering an education consistent with biblical truth. Our goal is to provide not just an education, but an overall experience that combines challenging academics with stimulating character development programs. This integrative effort is what makes a Cedarville education distinctive." -30-