OKWU Ranked at Top by Forbes and U. S. News

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University has been listed among America’s Best Colleges by both Forbes and U.S. News & World Report. Each ranking is based on different criteria and is highly sought among America’s institutions of higher education.

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primarily on undergraduate education, just as the liberal arts colleges do, but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. At these schools, at least 10 percent of undergraduate degrees awarded are bachelor’s degrees. There are 319 baccalaureate colleges, ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University has been listed among America’s Best Colleges by both Forbes and U.S. News & World Report. Each ranking is based on different criteria and is highly sought among America’s institutions of higher education.

Six hundred ten institutions are ranked by Forbes, including national research universities and smaller liberal arts colleges. Forbes ranks OKWU in the top 6% in the nation. Only seven institutions in Oklahoma earned this year’s ranking as a best college – OU, OSU, OKWU, OBU, UCO, TU and ORU.

According to a Forbes press release, “Whether they're in the top 10 or near the end of the list, all 610 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country: We review just 9% of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”

Forbes goes on to say, “To our way of thinking, a good college is one that meets student needs. While other college rankings are based in large part on school reputation as evaluated by college administrators, we focus on factors that directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree? And once I get out of school, will I get a good job?”

The U.S. News & World Report 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges places OKWU as a top tier #6, Best in the West, for Regional Colleges and the #7 Best Value in the West. U. S. News & World Report breaks the 1472 colleges and universities into appropriate categories for comparisons. It states, “This 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges uses the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s classifications. Carnegie groups American colleges and universities according to their mission as defined by factors such as the highest level of degrees conferred by discipline.”

“The two regional groups previously were labeled "Universities-Master's" (now called Regional Universities) and "Baccalaureate Colleges" (now called Regional Colleges) to reflect the official Carnegie classification of universities whose highest degree is a master's and four-year colleges that specialize in professional as well as liberal arts degrees.”

U. S. News & World Reports defines a baccalaureate college as one that focuses “primarily on undergraduate education, just as the liberal arts colleges do, but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. At these schools, at least 10 percent of undergraduate degrees awarded are bachelor’s degrees. There are 319 baccalaureate colleges, ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest, and West.” The western region includes Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and Alaska.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is a four-year, Christian university of the liberal arts and sciences that is accredited by the North Central Association. OWU also receives professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). It is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities as well as the Council of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Association of Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities.

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