U.S. News Ranks KWU #55 Among Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest for 2016

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U.S News & World Reports 2016 Best Colleges has announced that Kansas Wesleyan University is ranked #55 among Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest.

In addition, U.S. News has ranked Kansas Wesleyan #36 among Best Colleges for Veterans. These are the top-ranked schools in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

Regionally accredited schools are categorized by their mission, which is derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions as refined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. The Carnegie classification, which is used extensively by higher education researchers, has been the basis of the Best Colleges ranking category system since our first rankings were published in 1983.

Regional Universities offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. Regional Colleges focus on undergraduate education but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines; this category also includes schools that have small bachelor's degree programs but primarily grant two-year associate degrees.

Regional Universities and Regional Colleges are further divided and ranked in four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest and West. 

Once schools have been divided by category, U.S. News gathers data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects their judgment about how much that measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

This year, the academic peer scores are based on the two most recent sets of survey results, collected in spring 2014 and spring 2015. Using two years of data reduces year-to-year volatility in the results.

The full Regional Colleges Midwest Rankings list is available at: