U.S. News, Princeton Review, Forbes give Linfield top rankings

Pioneer Hall, Linfield CollegeLinfield College continues to garner strong rankings across a variety of publications. Over the past month, three of the best-known college ranking sources released their annual reports.

U.S. News & World Report

Linfield moved up four notches in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of best colleges, with a ranking of 120 among national liberal arts colleges. The annual report positions colleges in several categories, including national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. The rankings consider a broad range of measures including graduation and retention rates, faculty resources and alumni giving.

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review once again recognized Linfield as one of their 125 “Best in the West” colleges. The rankings are based on campus visits, reports from high school counselors across the country, institutional data and independent student surveys.

According to a survey of students at Linfield conducted by The Princeton Review, the college “is all about providing a well-rounded education for each and every student who steps on campus.” Students also raved about the college’s “studious atmosphere and excellent support base,” and said “the school was built with the students’ best interests in mind.”

Linfield was recognized earlier this year for its sustainability efforts by being included in the 2015 Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges. The annual guide was launched in 2010 and Linfield College has been included in every edition.

Forbes Smarter College Guide

Linfield continues to place in the top half of Forbes Magazine’s list of America’s Top Colleges. Of the 650 colleges ranked, Linfield came in at 278th overall, and placed in the top 50 for colleges in the west. Further, Linfield ranked second in Oregon on the Forbes Financial Grade, a proprietary measurement that looks at nine components to measure the financial health of private institutions.