Willamette University’s College of Liberal Arts has been listed as one of the nation’s top schools, according to Forbes and Princeton Review.
In the newest edition of Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges,” Willamette is ranked as the 25th best school in the West. The college guide also ranked the university as the 103rd best private school in the nation and the 130th best college overall.
The rankings of the best 650 undergraduate institutions were largely based on return on investment — considering such factors as student satisfaction, debt, graduation rates, post-graduate successes and nationally competitive awards.
In the Princeton Review’s popular guidebook, “The Best 379 Colleges,” Willamette scored exceptionally high for its green initiatives and its academic caliber, scoring 98 and 95 respectively out of a possible 99 points. It was also listed as a “Best Western College.”
As students note in the book, Willamette’s “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” Professors are lauded for being “very willing to help students find internships, jobs and research opportunities,” and the campus environment “encourages growth and development.”
Willamette has a long history of being included in Princeton Review’s annual guide to the best colleges. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book.
The guide includes detailed profiles of the colleges and the colleges’ rating scores for eight categories, including academics, quality of life and admissions. The rankings are based on a survey of 130,000 students attending the colleges.