Two sources rank C-SC among best colleges in Midwest, nation

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Culver-Stockton College has been recognized by two nationally-circulated publications. U.S. News and World Report gave C-SC a ranking of 34 in the best colleges in the Midwest category, and Washington Monthly Magazine ranked C-SC as the 52nd best baccalaureate college in the nation. Both publications used different criteria for to determine their rankings, and Culver-Stockton’s strong placement in both attests to the overall curriculum and experiences provided by the institution.

“We continue to appreciate the top-tier rankings from U.S. News and World Report and Washington Monthly Magazine. Recognition from third-party sources is reassuring validation,” said Richard Valentine, president of the College. “We are focused on providing our students of promise with exceptional experiences, and it is nice for those outside of our immediate community to acknowledge that. I hope the acknowledgement from these third party sources will motivate those who are not associated with Culver-Stockton to become familiar with our mission.”

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Culver-Stockton as 34 of best colleges in the Midwest for the second year in a row. USNWR has split the United States into four regions, and the Midwest region has 109 colleges compared in this category. Only the top 75 colleges received a ranking.

The methodology USNWR used to determine their rank includes retention statistics, average class size and admission selectivity. To collect the data, schools are sent a survey to complete, and the information is checked against other sources, including the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Assessment by administrators at peer institutions was also factored into each ranking, which helps to account for non-statistical academic reputation.

In addition to the USNWR ranking, Washington Monthly Magazine evaluated 350 schools within their baccalaureate college category, with Culver-Stockton coming in 52 nationally. The baccalaureate category indicates that the majority of students at Culver-Stockton are working toward their bachelor’s degrees. WMM bases its rankings on contributions to the public good, using three broad categories: social mobility, research and service. The social mobility category weighs the number of students receiving Pell grants, graduation rates and cost of an institution. Overall, Culver-Stockton received its highest score on the survey in the service category, ranking 16 in the nation for federal work-study funds spent on service.

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