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Bethel at top of new college ranking’s list of Kansas schools

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As “college ranking season” gets into full swing, Bethel College is at the top in a new review aggregator’s list of Kansas colleges.

College Consensus combines the results of college rankings with student reviews to come up with its list of the best colleges in each state.

The organization then compiles a Top 10 list for each state, in which Bethel is No. 1 for the state of Kansas.

Four of the top institutions are regent’s universities – Pittsburg State (3), Kansas State (6), University of Kansas (7) and Emporia State (9). The rest are, like Bethel, private colleges.

Two of Bethel’s peer schools in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference made the list – Southwestern College (2) and Ottawa University (10).

College Consensus looks at rankings from Forbes.com, U.S. News & World Report and Washington Monthly, among several others. It uses five web-based student review sites: Cappex, My Plan, Niche, Students Review and Unigo.

“We averaged the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web to produce a unique ‘College Consensus’ rating for each school,” the list’s publisher wrote. “Your inclusion in our consensus ranking shows that your school has been recognized for excellence by both publishers on the outside and students and alumni on the inside.”

For more on College Consensus, see www.collegeconsensus.com/about/.

Bethel is the only Kansas private college, and one of only four institutions of higher education in the state, to be listed in the 10th annual Forbes.com list of “America’s Top Colleges.”

Bethel ranks ahead of Wichita State University in that list as well as the “Top Midwest Colleges” category. Kansas State University and the University of Kansas are also ranked.

Forbes.com considers five criteria in its ranking system, with most weight given to “Post-Graduate Success” (35 percent), followed by “Debt” and “Student Experience” (20 percent each), and “Graduation Rate” and “Academic Success” (12.5 percent each).

Explaining “Post-Graduate Success,” the editors write, “The most direct return of investment a student can earn from a college education is post-graduate success. A high-paying or high-impact career largely justifies four years of academic work and tuition bills, so we continue to make this sector our highest priority.”

“Debt” considers how effectively students avoid – or pay back – student loan debt, while “Student Experience” looks at students’ opportunities to establish lifelong relationships and to grow intellectually.

To see the entire list of 650 ranked colleges and universities, go to www.forbes.com/top-colleges/list/#tab:rank.

"Bethel faculty, staff, alumni and friends are always are always pleased to be placed high in the ranking systems, especially when those rankings are based heavily on evidence of how well Bethel is serving our students in both their educational and post-graduate experience," said Interim President John Sheriff.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

Bethel College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, sexual orientation, parental or marital status, gender identity, gender expression, medical or genetic information, ethnic or national origins, citizenship status, veteran or military status or disability. E-mail questions to TitleIXCoordinator@bethelks.edu.

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