DC receives U.S. News ranking in top tier of Midwest colleges

September 12, 2018Best Colleges badge

DEFIANCE, Ohio - Defiance College moved up two spots in the 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges. Defiance is once again among the top tier of liberal arts colleges in the Regional Colleges in the Midwest category, ranking 33 out of 91. The College also ranked at 29th in Best Value Schools in the Midwest.

“Defiance College provides a caring, supportive learning community for engaged students where they will have real-world experiences,” said President Richanne C. Mankey. “We are pleased with this external recognition of our transformative approach to learning and affirmation as a college that is a good value.”

She added: “Defiance provides an excellent academic education, as well as opportunities to further develop skills that employers desire such as leadership, teamwork, and effective communication with a focus on integrity and service.”

Schools in the regional liberal arts designation mainly focus on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education. The Midwest region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Rankings are based on a formula including several indicators of quality, such as faculty resources, expert opinion, student excellence, financial resources, alumni/ae giving, and outcomes, including social mobility. The calculation used to determine Best Value Schools takes into account academic quality, along with net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the rank.

U.S. News & World Report publishes the rankings as a tool for prospective students and parents in their college search process. For more information, visit www.usnews.com/best-colleges.

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts-based institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is www.defiance.edu.