Pepperdine University has once again been named one of the top 50 universities in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
Kansas State University in Manhattan ranked 170th overall and 83rd among public universities, the report said. "And we appreciate the remarkable efforts by our students, faculty, and staff to continue pursuing that mission energetically, imaginatively, and passionately while working to protect the health and well-being of our entire community amid the COVID-19 pandemic".
For more information on Pepperdine's 2021 rankings, visit the U.S. News & World Report website. To calculate the top schools, U.S. News focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures, including graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility.
Pell Grant-eligible students now constitute around 24 percent of entering classes at the University.
USNWR also recognized Johns Hopkins this year as one of the nation's most innovative schools, best values, most ethnically diverse universities, schools with the highest percentage of global students, and best destinations for undergraduate research and creative projects. The University also placed 42nd on the "Best Value Colleges" listing, due largely to its commitment to need-blind admission and meeting the full-demonstrated need of all accepted students.
For 36 years, the U.S. News ranking has been one of the most widely referenced measurements of undergraduate programs. To analyze the 2021 rankings, U.S. News used data from fall 2019 or earlier.
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"For better or for worse, we do not factor nonacademic elements like social life and athletics", the rankings' authors wrote. It ranked 112th among schools with the best value.
These rankings predate the coronavirus pandemic. Previously, colleges that did not require standardized tests, such as the SAT and ACT, were ineligible for consideration. Faculty resources, assessments by peer institutions and high school guidance counselors, financial resources, student excellence, and alumni giving round out the ranking categories.
Get the best of 'the Prince' delivered straight to your inbox. The ranking for "Most Innovative Schools" is determined by top college officials who identify institutions in their Best Colleges ranking category that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities.
Baker University in Baldwin City ranked 258th among national universities.
"Select the one you like among those with a high four-year graduation rate", she advised.