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Judson University Ranks 20th Among Midwest's Best Colleges

USNews(ELGIN, IL August 18, 2012) Judson University ranks at 20 of Best Colleges in the Midwest, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges survey results that were recently released.

Judson first appeared in the Top Tier by ranking 54th in the U.S. News and World Report's 2005 Best Colleges survey and has climbed through the rankings in recent years before arriving at 20th for this year's survey report, up from 26th in last year’s survey. Judson University was ranked 20th in the Midwest group among 319 colleges surveyed for the Best Colleges category.

"It is gratifying to see Judson continue to climb in its national stature in spite of the worst recession since the 1930’s. We have been able to attract an outstanding faculty, cut our discount rate, and raise our admission standards in the past year--and U.S. News and World Report has noticed," says Dr. Jerry Cain, president.

The U.S. News and World Report rankings include more than 1,400 schools nationwide and will be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report. Best Colleges survey provides a thorough examination of how accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, "graduation rate performance" and high school counselor ratings of colleges.

The report for Judson University indicates that it has a peer assessment rate of 3.0 out of 5.0, a graduation rate of 53 percent, a student to faculty ration of 12 to 1, and utilizes full-time faculty 70 percent of the time. More than 75 percent of Judson’s faculty hold a doctoral degree or other highest appropriate degree. Students eligible for studying in Judson’s traditional undergraduate program typically have a 20 to 26 ACT score with 43 percent of freshmen students listed in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class.

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