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Ottawa University Ranked in 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges Report

Ottawa University has been ranked in the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges.  Out of approximately 1,800 schools, U.S. News ranked colleges and universities into several categories, with Ottawa University receiving a ranking of 56 in the Midwest region.
The 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, published online on September 10, 2013, is based on up to 16 key measures of quality. U.S. News uses these measures to capture the various dimensions of academic quality at each college.

The measures fall into seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance.

The indicators include both input measures, which reflect the quality of students, faculty and other resources used in education, as well as outcome measures, which capture the results of the education a student receives. Scores for each measure are weighted to arrive at a final overall score.

Included in the school’s profile, one of the factors that contributed to Ottawa University’s ranking was its Adawe LifePlan Center. “The services provided by the Adawe LifePlan Center set Ottawa University apart from other colleges and universities. The Center's mission is to provide a holistic experience for all students through resources, programs, and services that foster lives of liberated inquiry, enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, and personal significance. Among the resources and services, the Adawe LifePlan Center offers collaborative academic advising, career exploration and development, experiential and service learning opportunities and peer tutoring.”

University Provost Dr. Terry Haines said of the ranking, “We are extremely proud that U.S. News has nationally recognized Ottawa University for the quality education and student outcomes that have been known by our alumni and constituents for decades. As we gain more visibility, become increasingly data-driven, and continue to achieve our Vision 2020 goals, it is my belief that Ottawa University will continually rise in national recognition in years to come.”

The U.S. News ranking follows the recognition Ottawa University received in August as a 2013-14 College of Distinction, awarded for its record of and commitment to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. The University was also recently listed in the top 20 percent of military friendly schools for 2014 by Victor Media.

View Ottawa University’s U.S. News listing and learn more about the report’s criteria and methodology.