George Fox among top Christian colleges in Forbes' 2012 ranking of 'America's Best Colleges'

Magazine ranks George Fox among nation’s top 10 Christian colleges and 180th among private colleges

ForbesFor the third time in four years, George Fox University is one of the top 10 Christian colleges in the country in Forbes’ annual “America’s Best Colleges” rankings. Forbes ranked 650 of the roughly 4,000 colleges in the United States and based its rankings on “the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt,” according to the Forbes website.

Among top 10 CCCU schools

George Fox ranked No. 180 among all U.S. private colleges and joined Wheaton, Westmont, Erskine, Ozarks, Calvin, Seattle Pacific, Biola and Huntington in the top 10 institutions from the 116-member Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. George Fox (226th overall) also ranked fifth in the state of Oregon, behind Reed College (68th), Willamette University (90th), Lewis & Clark College (204th) and the University of Oregon (210th).

Princeton University earned the top spot overall, ahead of Williams, Stanford, University of Chicago and Yale. Rounding out the top 10 were Harvard, the U.S. Military Academy, Columbia, Pomona and Swarthmore.

Rankings methodology

Forbes’ rankings and methodology are posted online at the 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 & World Report college rankings.

The rankings are based on five general categories: post graduate success (32.5%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates; debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (11.25%); and competitive awards (11.25%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D. 

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.

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