Buena Vista University has been named a top school in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2008" publication. In the Midwestern Baccalaureate category, BVU is ranked 12th for academic quality.
"America's Best Colleges 2008" formulates this rating through an accumulation of data on a peer assessment test, freshman retention rate, graduation rate, class size and student/faculty ratio. It also takes into account the percentage of full time faculty, the ratio of students who were in the 25 to 75 percentile on their ACT or SAT scores, and the percentage of freshman in the top 25 percent of their graduating class.
The annual rankings - in which U.S. News groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching - provide an unmatched resource for parents and students contemplating one of life's most challenging financial decisions.
"For nearly a quarter century, consulting U.S.News & World Report rankings has been a vital first step for prospective college students and their parents in the complex process of determining which institution best fits their goals," said U.S.News & World Report's editor, Brian Kelly. "Designed as a one-stop resource, the rankings supply hard data and analysis to help college applicants make apples-to-apples comparisons of schools across the country. Through these rankings, and the 'America's Best Colleges' guidebook, our goal is to help equip students and their families to make a knowledgeable decision based on clear, comparative research."