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U.S.News Ranks Doane in First Tier of Nation's Liberal Arts Colleges

U.S.News Ranks Doane in First Tier of Nation's Liberal Arts Colleges

Doane College ranked in the first tier of the nation's liberal arts colleges and placed among the top Nebraska colleges in the 2012 edition of "Best Colleges" rankings by U.S.News & World Report, released Sept. 13.

The annual college guide categorizes schools by mission and/or region. Doane ranked 165th out of 252 liberal arts colleges nationally, which emphasize undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences.  The rankings are based on seven factors: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

U.S.News & World Report uses school classifications developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Carnegie Foundation made changes to its classifications in 2010, which resulted in many colleges switching ranking categories. Doane remained in the Best National Liberal Arts category, placing in the top tier for the second year.

"We are pleased to once again be ranked among the top tier liberal art colleges in the nation, which is a reflection of Doane's commitment to academic excellence," said Doane President Jacque Carter.

The rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at, and will also be published in U.S.News & World Report.