George Fox among top Christian colleges in Forbes' list of 'America's Best Colleges'
Forbes' Top 10 Colleges (Oregon)
1. Reed College (overall rank: 69)
2. George Fox University (overall rank: 134)
3. Pacific University (overall rank: 171)
4. Lewis & Clark College (overall rank: 180)
5. Willamette (overall rank: 177)
6. Linfield College (overall rank: 236)
7. University of Oregon (overall rank: 259)
8. Oregon State University (overall rank: 350)
9. University of Portland (overall rank: 361)
10. Corban University (overall rank: 483)
Forbes' Top 10 Colleges (Pacific Northwest)
1. Whitman College (overall rank: 16)
2. Reed College (overall rank: 69)
3. University of Washington (overall rank: 107)
4. George Fox University (overall rank: 134)
5. University of Puget Sound (overall rank: 141)
6. Gonzaga University (overall rank: 144)
7. Pacific University (overall rank: 171)
8. Lewis and Clark (overall rank: 180)
9. Willamette University (overall rank: 187)
10. Whitworth University (overall rank: 209)
Forbes ranks George Fox among nation's top Christian colleges and among top 150 schools overall
For a third straight year, Forbes ranks George Fox as one of the top Christian colleges in the country and as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest in its August 2010 "America's Best Colleges" rankings. George Fox also ranked No. 2 in the state of Oregon, behind only Reed College, and was No. 4 in the Pacific Northwest, behind Whitman, Reed and the University of Washington.
Forbes ranked 600 of the roughly 4,000 colleges in the United States and based its rankings on “the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of the students and how much they achieve,” according to the Forbes website. George Fox ranked No. 134 overall and joined Wheaton (No. 59) and Westmont (No. 81) as the top institutions in the 110-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
Among Oregon schools, George Fox was ranked second, behind only Reed College (No. 69). Other Oregon schools listed included Pacific (No. 171), Lewis & Clark (No. 180), Willamette (No. 187), Linfield (No. 236), the University of Oregon (No. 259) and Oregon State University (No. 350).
Williams College of Massachusetts earned the top spot overall, ahead of Princeton, Amherst College and the United States Military Academy. Rounding out the top 10 were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Harvard University, Claremont McKenna College and Yale University.
Forbes' rankings and methodology are posted online at the Forbes.com site. According to Forbes, its ranking system is designed to stress the outputs of a college education rather than the inputs stressed by the U.S. News and World Report college rankings.
Forbes considered student satisfaction (27.5 percent), postgraduate success (30 percent), student debt (17.5 percent), four-year graduation rate (17.5 percent) and competitive awards (7.5 percent) to compile its results. Forbes conducts its own research from third-party sources and did not use data supplied directly by George Fox or any other institution. The Forbes ranking was created by Richard Vedder, an economist at Ohio University, and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity.