Magazine names Adrian College 'Top College' and 'Best Value'

ADRIAN — Adrian College jumped up four spaces this year on the U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of top regional colleges in the nation.

In its 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News has again ranked Adrian College as a “regional top college in the Midwest.” The college is listed 15th in the Midwest region in its “Best Regional Colleges” section, up from 19th a year ago, according to a news release.

The ranking is the third consecutive time the college has held the title. Adrian College also received recognition as a regional “Best Value School.”

Adrian College President Jeffrey Docking said in a statement he is pleased with the continued national recognition.

“With over $80 million in new facilities and 40 percent growth in the size of our faculty, Adrian College has established itself as a distinctive and innovative educational leader in the United States,” Docking said.

Criteria for being recognized as a Best Value School includes a school’s commitment to academic quality and the cost of attendance.

“The major concern for most families with college-aged children is the cost and debt burden,” Docking said. “Adrian College recognizes these pressures and has dramatically increased the amount of financial aid available to its students, as well as continues to find ways to impact the affordability of getting a degree here. The cost of an education should never be a reason not to attend this college.”

This is the eighth consecutive year the college has been featured by U.S. News and World Report. In its 2009 edition of America’s “Best Colleges” and again in 2010, Adrian College received top billing as the “No. 1 Up-and-Coming School in the Midwest.” In its 2011 and 2012 editions, the magazine ranked Adrian College as one of the top five schools in the Midwest and as one of regional colleges whose graduates have the least amount of debt upon graduation.

Adrian College first made the magazine’s annual “best college” list in 2007, when it was reclassified as a baccalaureate college, which is a school that awards fewer than half of its degrees in liberal arts disciplines.

Article by: Daily Telegram Staff Writer

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