Rankings and Recognition
Founded in 1850, Hiram College is one of the 200 oldest post-secondary institutions in the U.S. and is nationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. Considering that there are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., this recognition is quite a distinction. Hiram is also:
- In The Princeton Review which rates schools on a number of criteria, such as academics, campus quality of life, admission selectivity, and environmental consciousness. Hiram is among the Best 376 Colleges and among the Best in the Midwest. Read more about Hiram's Princeton Review rankings for 2011. Read what the Princeton Review had to say about Hiram.
- Featured on Forbes.com in the top 25 percent in "America's Top Colleges." Selection is based on quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt. The rankings are prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Unlike other rankings that primarily measure input data, the Center's methodology attempts to measure the actual quality of education and value-added student achievement; in other words, what a college can do for the student, not what the student can do for the College.
- Selected for inclusion in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges 2011," an independent guide that features 300 of the best universities in the United States.
- Ranked among top US. Liberal arts colleges in the "Washington Monthly's" 2010 liberal arts college rankings. "Washington Monthly" rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and Ph.D.s), service (encouraging students to give something back to their country) and social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students).
- One of only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities to house a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honor society in the United States.
Additionally, Hiram College voluntarily participates in the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). Developed by the nonprofit Council for Aid to Education, this tool tests the higher-order critical thinking, analysis and communication skills that all college students should learn during undergraduate study. Nationwide, over 370 institutions and 110,000 students participate in the CLA. The CLA report summary statement for Hiram College says, "Hiram College contributes more to the learning gains made by students than 92 percent of the undergraduate institutions participating. Hiram College performed well above expected."
Hiram College CLA Results:
|Percentile Rank||Performance Level|
|First-year students||67||At expected level|
|Seniors||98||Well above expected level|
|Value-added estimate||92||Well above expected level|