U.S. News & World Report ranks AC 2nd Most Innovative School, 3rd in Best Undergraduate Teaching

Adrian College is ranked No. 2 among the 2022-2023 Most Innovative Schools for Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, and No. 3 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Adrian College is listed by the media company in its best “Regional Colleges, Midwest” section for the ninth-consecutive year, placing 19th (tie). U.S. News & World Report also ranked Adrian College No. 12 in Best Value Schools (9th consecutive ranking), No. 21 in First Year Experience, and No. 42 (tie) in Top Performers in Social Mobility.

Now in its 38th year, the U.S. News & World Report rankings evaluate more than 1,450 colleges and universities.

The Most Innovative Schools designation recognizes colleges and universities that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, students, campus life, technology or facilities.

Adrian College President Jeffrey Docking said the single-most important thing Adrian College can do for its students and community is to inspire a culture of innovation and critical thinking.

“Adrian College recognizes the need for students to be fueled by innovative academic programs, forward-thinking projects, and inspirational surroundings,” Docking said. “It is very gratifying to see Adrian College recognized by national publications and peer colleges as a distinctive and innovative educational leader in the United States.”

Christine Knaggs, Adrian College Dean of Graduate Studies and Institutional Effectiveness, was excited to see Adrian College improved on its ranking for Undergraduate Teaching and moved up two positions.

“We have dedicated faculty who deliver high quality education, and engage our students in a variety of experiential learning and classroom experiences, including internships, research, and study abroad opportunities,” Knaggs said.

To determine which colleges and universities offer the best values for students, U.S. News & World Report factors academic quality and cost after accounting for total expenses and financial aid.

U.S. News publishes the Best Colleges rankings each year to provide prospective students and their families with helpful data and information on factors such as graduation rates, social mobility, and graduate indebtedness.

“For nearly 40 years, the Best Colleges methodology has continuously evolved to reflect changes in the higher education landscape and the interests of prospective students,” said Kim Castro, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. “Guiding that evolution is U.S. News’ mission of providing useful data and information to help with one of life’s biggest decisions.”

Adrian College is a traditional four-year residential institution offering a focused undergraduate education and traditional two year Master’s programs as well as advanced 3+2 Master’s programs. The college currently offers 71 undergraduate programs, 10 graduate programs, six pre-professional programs, and 62 minors and certificates, with a 1-to-15 faculty to student ratio. Adrian College has 49 sports teams and has 10 institutes dedicated to a diverse and personalized approach to education. Adrian College features state-of-the-art facilities, small class sizes and an innovative approach to the academic and personal growth of its students.

Prospective students can see how Adrian College compares to other institutions and how the rankings are calculated online at USNews.com.

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