U.S. News ranks Willamette among “Best Colleges 2013”

U.S. News & World Report listed Willamette University among leading liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking the university 63rd overall in “Best Colleges 2013.”

Editors tout the study abroad program, which features partnerships with more than 40 countries. The university also partners with Tokyo International University of America, which enables students interested in Japanese language and culture to interact with their Japanese peers.

To Marlene Moore, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, these programs are among many that help enrich Willamette students’ academic experience.

“We are pleased that U.S. News has recognized Willamette as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges, whose graduates transform knowledge into action and live lives of achievement, contribution and meaning,” she says.

The magazine’s ranking formula considers factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.

Consistent with past U.S. News rankings, inclusion in the “Best Colleges 2013” follows several recent national accolades for Willamette University. Earlier this year, the university was featured in The Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges,” Washington Monthly’s “College Guide,” Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges,” and the Fiske “Guide to Colleges.”

Willamette was also showcased in the book, “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” In it, Willamette was commended for its dedicated teaching staff and commitment to community service.

Highlights of the U.S. News undergraduate college rankings will be published in the magazine’s September issue.