SEWARD, NE (09/12/2017) Concordia University, Nebraska, continues its climb up the "Best Regional Universities-Midwest" category of U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges rankings. In the 2018 edition, Concordia Nebraska is ranked 38 of 165 universities listed in its category, an increase of 16 spots in the last five years.
Concordia Nebraska has been ranked in the top tier of the annual report for 15 consecutive years. Criteria evaluated in the U.S. News rankings include academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity and alumni support.
For the second year in a row, Concordia University, Nebraska, appeared on the Great Schools, Great Prices list compiled by U.S. News & World Report. Concordia ranked #10 in the Midwest region, up from #14 last year. This list takes into account "a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid." U.S. News ranked only schools in or near the top half of their categories, considering "the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically."
"We are thrilled with our continued upward progress in this year's rankings, said Rev. Dr. Brian Friedrich, President of Concordia University, Nebraska. "The progress is the result of the hard work and high quality of our outstanding faculty and staff and the commitment and enthusiastic support of our alumni and friends. It is an honor to be recognized nationally for both the quality and overall value of our academic programs and impact our faculty has as it equips students with an affordable, excellent Christ-centered education for lives of learning, service and leadership in God's church and world. We celebrate the university's highest ranking to date and we thank God for all who serve diligently to make our new top tier ranking a reality."
An institution classified as a regional university provides a full range of undergraduate majors and master's programs. Concordia Nebraska offers more than 75 undergraduate majors and programs, as well as master's degrees in multiple areas, including education, public health, human services, athletics administration and business administration.
Concordia Nebraska, is the highest ranked higher education institution in the Concordia University System, which comprises nine colleges and universities affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is also the highest ranked school in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. Finally, the university has the second highest alumni giving rate, 20 percent, among the top 50 schools in its U.S. News category third in the region.
In addition, Concordia once again also earned a place again on the list of A+ Schools for B Students. The A+ Schools for B Students list identifies schools that "admit a meaningful proportion of applicants whose test scores and class standing put them in non-A territory," according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication says the schools on the list give non-A students a "shot at being accepted and thriving" and encourages students looking at these schools to display their individuality and seriousness of purpose as they apply.
"Honors like the U.S. News & World Report ranking demonstrate that what many students and parents are looking for in a college can easily be found right here at Concordia," said Aaron Roberts, director of admission at Concordia Nebraska. "Our commitment to providing financial aid to 100 percent of students combined with the quality academic programs and enriching, Christ-centered support that Concordia provides ensures our students get the best value possible from their college experience."
Complete rankings from U.S. News & World Report are available online at usnews.com/colleges. The print edition of the "Best Colleges 2018" guidebook will be available through retail outlets later this month.
Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,600 students. Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.