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ONU high in national ‘best fit’ ranking

Oct 28, 2011

Ohio Northern University has been ranked 44th among Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation in the new 2012 Top Choice College Rankings by Parchment Inc.
 
This is the first broad-based college rankings list that is based not on which college is “best,” as many other lists do, but instead on actual students’ preferences for which school is the “best fit” for them.
 
“Ohio Northern has always put students first,” said Dr. Larry Lesick, vice president for enrollment management at ONU. “This ranking simply affirms the University’s commitment to providing the programs and activities that students need in order to achieve their educational goals.”
 
Parchment’s rankings are unique because they are based on students’ preferences and opinions and, therefore, reflect what is important to high school students applying for college. A college can move up in the rankings by making itself a better fit for more students, such as adding new majors and programs or offering more financial aid.
 
Many other college rankings, on the other hand, base their rankings on subjective judgments, such as the opinions of high school counselors or the size of a college’s stock portfolio.

Parchment’s mission is to unleash education credentials by unlocking the critical data they embody. The company works with institutions and corporations around the world, helping people collect, promote and share their education credentials in simple and secure ways. Six state education agencies, 7,000 schools and universities, and hundreds of thousands of individuals trust and rely on the Docufide by Parchment platform to transform and deliver millions of transcripts and other student records each year.
 
This latest ranking is another example of ONU being recognized in national rankings. In the past year, ONU has been ranked No. 2 among Midwest Regional Colleges by U.S. News & World Report in “America’s Best Colleges 2012” and in the top 10 among Midwest Schools in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. ONU has been ranked No. 25 in the nation by Washington Monthly in its 2011 baccalaureate college rankings and named in “Colleges of Distinction (2011)”, a guide profiling America’s most distinguished teaching-centered colleges and universities. ONU was listed in Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges 2012 Edition” and among the top 100 private four-year colleges and small universities in Peterson’s “Competitive Colleges” guide (2011).