Hastings College remains top value, highly ranked

Hastings College continues to receive strong rankings from national organizations who review everything from graduating student outcomes to the cost-value relationship of nearly every college and university in the country.

“Our campus is full of amazing students and incredible faculty and staff, and, while we don’t pursue rankings as an institution, we are pleased that other organizations, using available data, recognize how special Hastings College is,” said Dr. Rich Lloyd ‘85, executive president of Hastings College. “Since our founding 140 years ago, students and their success have been our passion. It’s our constant through the decades, the compass that guides our decisions and leads us forward.”

“We often say we help students find their path or their purpose, but our students do the same for us. They give us the energy and excitement that make Hastings College such a joyful place,” Lloyd said. “All of this is reflected in continued strong national rankings after we launched several initiatives that support students, such as providing textbooks and an intentional travel experience at no additional cost, and a block schedule that leads to improved outcomes.”

In its 2023 Best College rankings, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Hastings College 14th out of nearly 90 Midwest colleges, a jump of three positions over a year ago and the highest ranking for the College in seven years.

The publication placed Hastings College 13th in the Best Value category for Midwest colleges, which takes into account a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, and the net cost of attendance. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the net cost, the higher the ranking.

U.S. News also moved Hastings College up nine spots to 29th in its Social Mobility ranking. This list includes colleges that are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating economically disadvantaged students, including those awarded with Pell Grants.

Washington Monthly, in its assessment of four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees and that focus on arts and sciences rather than professional programs, ranked Hastings College 62nd in the nation. This puts the College in the top 25 percent of the 259 bachelor-focused schools that made its list. The publication’s rankings are based on each school’s contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and promoting public service.

Washington Monthly also included Hastings College on its Midwest Best Bang for the Buck list, which assesses schools according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices and demonstrates the good value that is Hastings College.

“Being recognized as a top value school that advances social mobility is very rewarding. It’s intentional efforts made possible by a strong and generous alumni base that underwrites scholarships, student success programs and academic initiatives,” Lloyd said. “We are extremely proud of our efforts to make a Hastings College education accessible and affordable for students.”

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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