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Doane ranked third in Nebraska in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

Doane ranked third in Nebraska in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings

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For the fifth consecutive year, Doane University is ranked nationally in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) College Rankings list. 

Doane is ranked third in Nebraska, trailing only Creighton University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Doane is ranked 382 nationally of all institutions to appear on the WSJ/Times Higher Education College Rankings list. Of private, liberal arts institutions across the country with smaller enrollment sizes, Doane ranks in the top 115 of those respective colleges. 

The WSJ/THE rankings are based on 15 factors across four main categories: 

  • Student outcomes, including graduates’ salaries and debt -- 40%

  • Academic resources -- 30%

  • Student engagement, including whether students feel prepared to use their education in the real world -- 20%

  • Learning environment, including the diversity of the student body and academic staff -- 10%


The rankings report notes the rankings were collected based on data before the overwhelming majority of colleges and universities sent students home in the spring due to COVID-19. Therefore, quality of distance learning and in-person health and safety practices were not factored into this list. 


The WSJ/THE College Rankings emphasize the return on investment students see after they graduate. Schools that fare well on this list have graduates who generally are satisfied with their educational experience and land relatively high-paying jobs that can help them pay off student loans. The full methodology can be read here.


Based on student surveys, Doane received an 8.8/10 on “right choice,” asking “If you could start over, would you still choose this college?” Doane also scored 8.5/10 on the “inspiring” scale, which asks, “Does your college provide an environment where you feel you are surrounded by exceptional students who inspire and motivate you?” 


Doane’s ranking of 382 marks the third consecutive year the university has ranked in the top 400 nationally of the WSJ/THE rankings.


Harvard, MIT, and Yale ranked 1-2-3, respectively, in the rankings. The full rankings list can be seen here.