NORTH NEWTON, KAN.– Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas to be ranked in Forbes.com’s analysis of top U.S. colleges and universities, for the sixth straight year.
Only four institutions of higher learning in the state – Bethel, plus the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University – made the annual ranking.
Forbes.com, with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), rates 650 undergraduate programs out of 6,600 accredited U.S. colleges and universities “based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve.”
Bethel ranked No. 395 among private U.S. colleges and No. 163 on the Midwest colleges list..
Bethel is also one of only two Mennonite Church USA-affiliated colleges to be ranked by Forbes.com, along with Goshen (Ind.) College.
The rankings are based on five general categories: student satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates; post-graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate; and nationally competitive awards, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as Rhodes, Fulbright or National Science Foundation, or go on to earn a Ph.D.
“We are very pleased to again receive the kind of recognition represented in the Forbes listing,” said Bethel President Perry D. White. “It is emblematic of the consistently fine work our people do with our students, made even more impressive by our record of accessibility to middle- and lower-income students.”
Forbes.com includes only about 10 percent of the nation’s accredited postsecondary institutions in its annual ranking.
To see the names of all 650 colleges and universities, go to www.forbes.com/top-colleges/.