SWAU Moves Up In Best Colleges Rankings

By:
Darcy Force

Southwestern Adventist University has moved up in the rankings by U.S. News Regional Colleges West from 20th to 13th place. The rankings are part of the comparison of colleges calculated and posted by U.S. News annually. This ranking is up from 21st place in 2016 and 22nd in 2015.

“As we’re celebrating our 125th school year, it is wonderful to see that our legacy for affordable, exceptional higher education still holds strong,” shares Southwestern Adventist University President, Dr. Ken Shaw.

U.S. News also ranked Southwestern Adventist University as the 5th Best Value Schools in the West Region. According to U.S. News, this ranking is based on both academic quality and cost. Only those schools ranked in the top half of their 2019 Best Colleges ranking categories were considered for the Best Value Schools list.

“It is exciting to see Southwestern increasingly recognized for academic quality and student success on a regional and national scale,” says Vice President for Academic Administration Dr. Amy Rosenthal.

The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes including graduation and retention rates. The college ranking categories are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education. U.S. News has used the Carnegie classification system since the first Best Colleges rankings in 1983.

Read more about Southwestern Adventist University’s additional rankings at swau.edu/about.