Dakota Wesleyan University is once again ranked among America’s best regional colleges for the Midwest, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Colleges rankings; and this year, the university was also named one of the Best Value Schools for Midwestern regional colleges.
This is the fifth year that Dakota Wesleyan is ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges-Midwest, which includes 12 states.
“This recognition confirms the university’s commitment to academic excellence and the development of authentic leadership skills, while ensuring students are exposed to our core values of faith and service,” said Dr. Amy Novak, DWU president. “The designation as a Best Value university further validates our commitment to affordability while ensuring our graduates are truly prepared with relevant, work-place-ready skills and dispositions to become leaders.”
According to its press release, “the U.S. News rankings methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – such as graduation and freshman retention rates.”
Best Value Colleges were selected based on academic quality and cost and only those schools ranked in the top half of their 2018 Best Colleges ranking categories were considered.
Dakota Wesleyan University has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the past five years as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest and was ranked in 2016 as one of the best online bachelor’s programs. DWU also has received recognition from Forbes Magazine, Choice Colleges, CEOWORLD Magazine, and was named a Military Friendly® school for 2017.