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US News ranks West Michigan's colleges

September 10, 2019
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GVSU's Allendale campus. Courtesy GVSU

The region’s colleges have been ranked in multiple categories in a report that compares colleges across the country.

U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “Best Colleges” ranks several of the region’s colleges among the nation’s and state’s "best” and also ranks them in multiple other categories.

The report received data from more than 1,900 schools and ranked nearly 1,400 of them.

U.S. News said more than 200 institutions changed categories this year because the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which U.S. News uses in its rankings, updated its system.

U.S. News considers 15 metrics when ranking schools for academic excellence, placing the largest emphasis on a college's ability to retain and graduate its students. Other factors include class size, undergraduate academic reputation, and how much a school spends per student on instruction and other related educational expenses.

Here are the rankings of West Michigan schools in several categories:

Aquinas College

164 in national liberal arts colleges

84 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

Calvin University

3 in regional universities Midwest

5 in best undergraduate teaching

18 in best value schools

94 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

68 in best undergraduate engineering programs at schools where doctorate not offered (tie)

31 in first-year experiences (tie)

50 in undergraduate research/creative projects (tie)

Cornerstone University

78 in regional universities Midwest (tie)

12 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

Davenport University

111 in regional universities Midwest (tie)

109 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

Grand Valley State University

228 in national universities (tie)

115 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

109 in top public schools (tie)

52 in best undergraduate engineering programs (tie)

Hope College

105 in national liberal arts colleges (tie)

48 in best undergraduate teaching (tie)

94 in best value schools

127 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

75 in best undergraduate engineering programs at schools where doctorate not offered (tie)

23 in undergraduate research/creative projects (tie)

Kalamazoo College

72 in national liberal arts colleges (tie)

45 in best undergraduate teaching (tie)

50 in best value schools

50 in most innovative schools (tie)

90 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

51 in first-year experiences (tie)

3 in study abroad

Kuyper College

51 in regional colleges Midwest (tie)

54 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

Western Michigan University

246 in national universities (tie)

78 in top performers on social mobility (tie)

119 in top public schools (tie)

170 in best undergraduate engineering programs (tie)

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