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Willamette University among Forbes and Fiske Guide top undergraduate programs

Willamette’s College of Liberal Arts has been selected for two prominent college guides – Forbes’America’s Top Colleges” and Fiske Guide to Colleges.

Forbes ranked Willamette 15th in the West and in the top 100 overall. The ranking is largely based on return on investment, considering factors such as alumni pay and prominence, student satisfaction, debt, graduation rates and competitive awards.

“Our annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions focuses on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt,” writes Forbes editor Michael Noer.

According to Fiske, it’s guide “features over 300 of the country’s best and most interesting colleges and universities.”

The Fiske Guide to Colleges describes Willamette’s small classes and students’ close relationship with faculty. Willamette’s professors get "high marks for being amazing, engaging and supportive.”

Campus life is also praised in the Fiske guide, including student feedback about food, dorms and Willamette’s wide-variety of clubs and activities:

"There are few other schools where I would have the support, attention, and opportunities to enjoy my two majors, study abroad for a semester, intern for a legislator, work on campus, volunteer in the community, participate in the Greek system, and graduate in four years with 300 equally involved and committed students," marvels a sophomore.

Willamette has a long history of being named among the best colleges. This year it was also named among the best by The Princeton Review, and it also is named annually among the top tier of liberal arts universities by U.S. News & World Report

08-04-2011