Cottey College Named Among Best Colleges In The Nation

Cottey College Named Among Best Colleges In The Nation
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U.S. News & World Report named Cottey College one of the best colleges in the nation. The report ranked Cottey College #9 nationally in its 2019 Best Regional Colleges, placing it in the top ten of regional Midwest colleges.

A total of 79 college were ranked from 12 states in the Midwest region. Cottey was ranked #1 among Best Value Schools and #3 in Lowest Student Debt Load at Graduation and Schools with Largest Proportion of International Students.

Colleges ranked in the Best Regional College category focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts in fields such as business, nursing and education. Colleges ranked in the Best Value College category take into account a college’s academic quality based on its U.S. News Best Colleges ranking and the 2017-18 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The Lowest Student Debt Load at Graduation ranking indicates that 73% of Cottey baccalaureate graduates had no debt at graduation while the average amount of debt for the remaining graduates was $23,533. According to Student Loan Hero, this is almost $16,000 less than the average debt of $39,400. Finally, Cottey’s proportion of international students (15%) earned the college a #3 ranking as College with the Largest Proportion of International Students.

“Rankings fulfill a demand prospective students and their families have for information about institutional quality,” said Dr. Jann Weitzel, president of Cottey College.” “Statistics reflecting high retention and graduation rates, small class sizes, a low student/faculty ratio, and the percentage of full-time faculty are tangible measurements of the effort an institution puts into helping students succeed. These are critical markers in the decision process for a student and her family in choosing a college that will be a good fit.”

College of the Ozarks also received high marks in the report. The college ranked #3 in the Best Regional Colleges Midwest Ranking.