Buena Vista University has been named a top school in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges 2013” publication.
BVU is tied for 9th among “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest,” up one spot from a year ago and ranks third in “Great Schools at Great Prices.”
“While the U.S. News ranking is not a definitive measure of the quality of a Buena Vista University education, it does indicate the high regard in which our institution is held by academic leaders in our region,” says Dr. David Evans, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “Many of the elements going into the U.S. News rankings are indicators of our commitment to our students' education: a high proportion of small classes and a student-to-faculty ratio that ensure that all students can receive individual attention, and an aggressive approach to student success. We are proud of this recognition but are much prouder of the excellent qualities BVU has that have led us to receive it.”
“America’s Best Colleges 2013” formulates the college rankings through an accumulation of data on a peer assessment test, freshman retention rate, graduation rate, class size and student-to-faculty ratio. It also takes into account the percentage of full time faculty, the ratio of students who were in the 25th to 75th percentile on their ACT or SAT scores, and the percentage of freshman in the top 25 percent of their graduating class.
There are 99 Midwestern schools in the category in which BVU tied for ninth. Nationwide, the report categorizes 370 institutions as “Regional colleges,” which are defined as those that focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts. U.S. News rankings in all categories include more than 1,500 schools nationwide.
The “Great Schools at Great Prices” category takes into account a college’s academic quality, based on its U.S. News “Best Colleges 2013” ranking, and the 2011-12 net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid.
The U.S. News publication states “The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.”
BVU has also been named to a list of “Military Friendly Schools” by Victory Media, an organization that helps service personnel make the transition to civilian life. The list recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most in working with America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students to help ensure their success on campus. More than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide were surveyed to develop the list.