For the ninth time U.S. News & World Report confirmed that Corban University is among the region’s premier colleges by ranking it fifth in its top ten Best Regional Colleges in the west in its 2011 Best Colleges Guide published on Tuesday.
This is the ninth year in a row that Corban, with campuses in Salem and Tacoma, Wash., has earned this distinction. It is the only Christian College in the Pacific Northwest to be ranked in the top 10. Corban University also ranked fourth in the magazine’s Great School, Great Price ranking. This identifies schools with the best price that are “Above average academically.”
Scores were driven by 16 different criteria. It had the highest SAT/ACT 25th to 75th percentile scores in the region. Corban also ranked high in nearly every category including a 72 percent freshman retention rate, the seventh highest in the west and a 51 percent average graduation rate, placing it sixth in the category. Both were the highest of any Christian college in the Pacific Northwest.
This isn’t the first such honor for the Salem-based university. On Aug. 5, The Princeton Review named Corban University as one of its Best in the West Colleges for 2011.
The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado was the top-rated school in the same category as this region, which encompasses nearly half of the United States.
Corban University President Reno Hoff said this review is an affirmation of the school’s efforts meet the expectations of students and the
“It reaffirms our position as one of the top Christian universities in the West,” said Corban University President Reno Hoff. “The ranking reflects our commitment to steadfastly raise our standard while remaining true to our mission.”
He added the school will continue its efforts to grow and thrive by providing the best educational environment possible.
“As opportunities arise, we pursue those that fit our mission,” Hoff said. “One of our commitments is to hire the best educators to create a place of learning that is a transformative learning culture where a sustainable biblical worldview takes shape; a Christian community that promotes worship, creative expression, and activities that reflect God’s character; and a culture that encourages a life of stewardship and service toward God, humanity and creation.”
Colleges are ranked according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Its Best Regional College classification focuses on colleges offering a broad range of liberal arts programs.