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U.S. News ranks Westminster as a Best National Liberal Arts College

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Posted on Friday, September 11, 2020

Westminster College is one of the top 125 best liberal arts colleges in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings released Monday, Sept. 14.

Westminster placed No. 120 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category in the Best Colleges 2021 edition, which evaluated 1,452 colleges and universities on 17 measures of academic quality such as first-year student retention, graduation rates and strength of faculty.

The U.S. News & World Report also ranked Westminster College in the No. 14 slot in its “Social Mobility” list, which assesses how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants, a form of need-based federal financial aid. In 2019, 57% of Pell recipients graduated in four years, and in 2020, 55% graduated. Westminster’s overall four-year graduation rate for all students is 61%, with a six-year graduation rate of 70%.

“This listing recognizes our deep commitment to offering students a richly experiential and collaborative education,” said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson. “It is particularly gratifying to be noted among the top 25 colleges that foster ‘social mobility,’ a recognition of the graduation rate achieved by our students, their hard work and the support offered them by our faculty and staff.”

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