George Fox University earns top-tier spot in U.S. News & World Report's 'Best National Universities' category

George Fox earned a spot in U.S. News & World Report's top tier in the George Fox University earned a spot in the top tier of the “Best National Universities” category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 “Best Colleges” guide, released on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

George Fox ranked No. 170 overall, gaining the distinction of being one of the top 200 national universities in the country. The national universities category consists of 262 institutions (164 public and 98 private) that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees, according to the U.S. News website. In all, U.S. News ranked more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities in its annual evaluation.

George Fox was also one of the top Christian universities in the category, joining Azusa Pacific University of California (No. 167) and Biola University of California (No. 170) as the top three schools representing the 110-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

George Fox’s lofty reputation was earned, in part, from its 11-to-1 faculty-to-student ratio, one of the most favorable ratios among CCCU schools.

Harvard University in Massachusetts was rated the top national university, followed by Princeton (New Jersey), Yale University (Connecticut), Columbia University (New York), Stanford University (California) and the University of Pennsylvania.

U.S. News based its criteria on 16 categories of academic quality, including graduation and retention rates, average freshman retention rate, 2009 graduation rate, faculty resources, student-to-faculty ratio, acceptance rate and financial resources. Data was collected from each institution and tabulated.

George Fox also rated high in college rankings released this month by Forbes and The Princeton Review. Forbes ranked the university among the top 150 colleges in the country and as one of the top three Christian colleges, while The Princeton Review honored George Fox as one of its “Best in the West” schools for a seventh straight year.

The honors come as George Fox prepares to welcome its largest-ever incoming class. More than 600 new undergraduate students – about 500 freshmen and approximately 160 transfer students – will join the university this fall, according to Ryan Dougherty, director of undergraduate admissions.

The complete U.S. News rankings are available on the U.S. News & World Report website.