To establish the rankings, U.S. News & World Report surveyed 457 schools—with 274 providing the necessary data to be included. Standings were determined based on 11 weighted quality measures under four key categories: quality assessment (40 percent), research activity (30 percent), student selectivity (18 percent) and faculty resources (12 percent).
Evidence of growing momentum at the college contributing to its consistently high rankings include a 12.4 percent growth in graduate enrollment and 4 percent increase in funded research. Other, unmeasured indicators include projects that will serve to transform education and strengthen society such as the Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies and the New Worlds Reading Initiative.
“Achieving excellence year after year is a collective effort,” Good said. “The growing momentum generated by our faculty, students, staff and alumni is driving us forward, as we blaze new trails into the future.”