Hiram College was recently recognized as one of the best colleges in the country with a top ranking on Money magazine’s Best Colleges in America list. The list offers a practical analysis of more than 700 four-year institutions, with a focus on affordability and student outcomes.
“Hiram College has a long tradition of prioritizing a high-quality, yet affordable education for a range of students in Northeast Ohio and beyond,” said Rob Bohrer, Ph.D., interim president of Hiram College. “The combination of strong liberal arts, professional programs, and emphasis on experiential education positions us well for today’s educational environment. This latest recognition is yet another testament to the impact we have on our students, and we remain committed to achieving even greater heights in the future.”
This year, Money redesigned its analysis from a numbered ranking system to place colleges into one of six-star ratings. The underlying methodology remained like previous years; however, the new rating system will assist families in their college search process by highlighting the variety and diversity of high-value colleges in the United States.
To curate the list, Money started with all four-year public and private nonprofit colleges in the county, a group that totaled more than 2,400. To make the initial cut, a college had to have at least 500 undergraduate students, sufficient and reliable data to be analyzed, not be in financial distress, and have a graduation rate that was at or above the median for its institutional category or have a high “value-added” graduation rate. From there, institutions were ranked on 26 factors in three categories: quality of education, affordability, and outcomes. The Best Colleges rankings combined the most accurate pricing estimates with indicators for alumni financial success, as well as an analysis of how much value a college adds when compared to other schools that take in similar students.
Earlier this summer, Hiram College was also recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its excellence in undergraduate education, alongside recognition for dynamic pathways that support transfer students with a place on Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society’s 2023 Transfer Honor Roll.