BU ranked 20th in annual guide

The 2010 “America’s Best Colleges Guide” of U.S.News & World Report has ranked Bluffton University in the top tier of “best baccalaureate colleges” in the Midwest. Bluffton is listed at 20 of 47 “top tier” Midwest colleges.

Bluffton has been ranked in U.S.News and World Report for the past 12 years. To be classified as a “best baccalaureate college,” an institution must be predominantly undergraduate in enrollment, with fewer than half of the undergraduate degrees awarded in liberal arts subjects. Additionally, a variety of professional and pre-professional subject offerings must be available. A total of 320 baccalaureate colleges comprise the North, South, East and Midwest regions.

“We were pleased to once again be ranked as a top tier college by U.S.News and World Report. Bluffton University is an excellent institution that provides a high-quality education to our students,” said Dr. Eric Fulcomer, vice president for enrollment management and student life. “This acknowledgement from U.S.News & World Report, in conjunction with other similar recognitions, helps prospective students and families recognize the value of a Bluffton University education.”

The annual college guide uses seven indicators to determine quality, including assessment by administrators at peer institutions, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and (for national universities and liberal arts colleges) “graduation rate performance,” the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who actually do.