West Michigan schools rank among ‘Best Colleges’ in US


Calvin College, with almost 4,000 students, is one of the nation's largest Christian colleges. Photo via fb.com

A local school ranks No. 1 on a list of regional colleges — the highest rank for a West Michigan school in an annual guidebook on the best colleges and universities in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report published its 2018 “Best Colleges Guidebook” today and ranked 15 West Michigan institutions on four lists.

Calvin College took the highest position of any West Michigan school, claiming the No. 1 spot on the “Best Regional Colleges – Midwest” list.

“It is encouraging when independent sources like U.S. News & World Report recognize the exemplary work of our faculty, staff and students,” said Michael Le Roy, president, Calvin College.


Using data from 1,800 U.S. colleges and universities, the guidebook is designed to help prospective students and their families evaluate institutions.

The rankings are based on up to 15 indicators of excellence, including graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

The full report is available online.

“Best Regional Colleges – Midwest"

1. Calvin College

45. Olivet College

59. Kuyper College

“Best Regional Universities – Midwest”

29. Grand Valley State University

47. Aquinas College

64. Spring Arbor University

83. Ferris State University

115. Cornerstone University

122. Davenport University

“Best National Liberal Arts Colleges”

76. Kalamazoo College

106. Hope College

141. Alma College

“Best National Universities”

192. Andrews University

207. Central Michigan University

207. Western Michigan University

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