Hiram College fared favorably in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, placing 149th, up five spots from last year’s 154th ranking. Released today, the rankings are based on first-year student retention rates, faculty strength and student graduation rates among other key measures.
Now in their 32nd year, the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, using qualitative and quantitative research findings, score both national and regional liberal arts colleges and universities. Separate rankings are assigned in categories ranging from innovation to economic diversity.
In Forbes list of America’s top 660 colleges for 2016 – released earlier this year – Hiram was ranked the 119th top college in the Midwest and the 190th leading liberal arts university in the U.S. Among private colleges, Hiram placed 336th overall and 507th out of all listed institutions, both public and private.
In America’s Top Colleges, Hiram was noted for its unique 12–1–3, or Hiram Plan, whereby students take 12 weeks of regular classes, have a one-week break and then spend three weeks focusing on a subject of interest through an internship, study-abroad trip or class. Hiram athletics’ NCAA Division III, its sustainability movement and its 500-plus-acre James H. Barrow Field Station also were highlighted in the article.
Forbes, now in its ninth year of selecting America’s top colleges, points to three significant trends this year:
- “emerging clout-flip from the Northeast Establishment to new guard West Coast schools;
- the contest between small student-centric liberal arts colleges and juggernaut
STEM-oriented research universities;
- the disproportionately high number of old, private schools as the best return on investment.”
Stanford University, Williams College and Princeton University, respectively, ranked first, second and third on the Forbes list.