Date: August 30, 2006
Andrews University is proud to announce their inclusion as a third tier National University in the recently released U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2007" special report. Andrews moves up from a fourth tier placement in 2006.
Andrews holds the distinction of being the only Seventh-day Adventist educational institution to be considered a National University. USN&WR defines those in the National Universities ranking as "the 248 American universities (162 public, 86 private) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master's and doctoral degrees; some emphasize research." The National Universities are ranked in one of four tiers, with Andrews holding a spot in tier three. Rank is determined by the schools' weighted scores in different categories including peer assessment, faculty/student ratio, average freshmen retention rate and average alumni giving rate. Some of Andrews' particular strengths were a strong freshman retention rate, small classrooms, and a good alumni giving rate.
"Andrews University is thrilled to be included as one of the best 248 national universities, and honored to be associated on a list with such great institutions," stated David Faehner, vice president for advancement.
Andrews also continues to hold distinction for its number of international students and racial diversity. This year, Andrews ranks as the 14th most diverse campus out of all 248 National Universities. Last year its ranking was sixteenth. Andrews is also the National University with the sixth highest percentage of international students, with 12% of the student population coming from outside the United States. The Andrews student body represents over 90 different countries around the globe.
"It is no surprise that the demographics of Andrews University ranks high in this listing of America's best colleges, for Andrews really does serve our very diverse and very international world church," stated President Niels-Erik Andreasen. "Living and learning on our beautifully diverse campus uniquely prepares our students to survive, thrive and serve an increasingly global society."