Costa Mesa, CA, September 18, 2015 – U.S. News & World Report released the 2016 edition of Best Colleges to help domestic and international students compare the academic quality of U.S.-based schools. Vanguard University in Costa Mesa was named #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity.
The new edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide and features rankings of 1,376 schools. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality, emphasizing outcomes, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the methodology at 30 percent.
“Taking into account how well a school supports its students from freshman year through graduation is important,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “To find the best fit, students should consider a range of factors, from financial aid offerings and location to campus size and majors. The process can be overwhelming, but our rankings and advice content are a great place to start.”
The highly ranked Vanguard University, located in the heart of Orange County, is a private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies, founded in 1920. A 4-year baccalaureate college, Vanguard University offers 30 majors and concentrations. Single and multiple subject teaching credentials are offered, as well as graduate programs in education, religion, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, and nursing. Vanguard University also provides a range of services for veterans, including career counseling and academic support, assistance in finding veterans benefits and connection to programs which can cover nearly all of their tuition.
The college ranking categories are based upon the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifications. U.S. News has used the Carnegie classification system since the first Best Colleges rankings in 1983, because they are accepted as the basis for classifying schools by most higher education researchers.
In an exclusive arrangement, the launch of the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments.
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To learn more about Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu.
ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard #13 in the Regional Colleges (West) category, #10 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and #19 for economic diversity. The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2016 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu
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