ONU highly ranked By U.S. News
No. 2 among Midwest Regional Colleges; top 10 ‘Great Schools, Great Prices;’ top 50 engineering schools
Ohio Northern University has been ranked No. 2 among Midwest Regional Colleges in “America’s Best Colleges 2012,” which is published annually by U.S. News & World Report. ONU also placed in the top 10 among Midwest Schools in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, and the T.J. Smull College of Engineering earned a top 50 ranking in the best undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET.
Ohio Northern has been ranked in the region’s top 10 for the past 20 years and in the top five for the past eight out of nine years. According to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, Midwest regional colleges focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing and education. Because most of the 371 colleges in the category draw heavily from nearby states, they are ranked by region.
Under the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, ONU was ranked sixth overall among regional colleges in the Midwest. Schools recognized in this category offer the best value as it relates to their academic quality. The higher the quality of the program in relationship to the investment made by students, the greater the value.
“The No. 2 ranking is a tribute to the hard work and accomplishments of our extremely dedicated, highly committed faculty and staff,” said ONU President Daniel A. DiBiasio. “We also are proud to be recognized as one of the top 10 schools in the Midwest offering a great education of value. The U.S. News publication, together with the University being highly rated by other publications like Washington Monthly and Princeton Review, can be valuable resources for students looking for the distinctive mix of opportunities offered at ONU. The rankings indicate that we do an excellent job of meeting the needs of our students. We also are pleased to be listed as a great value, as it reflects the excellence we have at ONU in relation to the financial commitments of students who attend.”
For the fifth consecutive year, ONU’s T.J. Smull College of Engineering placed in the top 50 best undergraduate engineering programs in the United States. The college is accredited by the ABET (formerly known as Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and ranked 40th among engineering schools with bachelor’s or master’s degree programs.
ONU’s engineering program has achieved a top 50 ranking for the past five years. It is ranked 40th in the 2012 rankings, jumping up nine spots from its ranking in 2011.
“We are very proud of the accomplishments of the college’s faculty and students and their many achievements that have been recognized at the national level,” said Dr. Eric T. Baumgartner, dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering.
“America’s Best Colleges 2012” ranks 371 Midwest colleges within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West. The Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
U.S. News and World Report offers its publication as a way for students to broaden their college search and make comparisons before visiting and interviewing at appropriate universities. For reporting purposes, the schools are categorized by mission and, in some cases, region. Data is gathered from each college on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence.
Those indicators fall into the following categories: peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduate rate performance and alumni giving. The indicators are designed to reflect the school’s student body, its faculty and financial resources and to measure how well the institution educates its students.
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