Baldwin Wallace University named one of "America's Best Colleges" | Schools
Baldwin Wallace University again has earned top rankings in U.S. News & World Report's annual survey of "America's Best Colleges."
This is the 19th consecutive year that BW is listed among the top regional colleges and universities in the Midwest, coming in at number 16 out of more than 100 schools on the "best" list.
"Endorsements like this acknowledge the remarkable efforts of the entire BW community," said BW President Robert Helmer. "Our faculty and staff wake up every day ready to do the work that provides exceptional educational experiences for each one of our students."
"Best Value" Listing Recognizes Blend of High Quality with Affordability
With increased scrutiny on the cost of a college degree, BW again is listed among the best values in higher education. In the category of "Great Schools, Great Prices," BW placed 13th for exceptional value among top tier Midwest colleges and universities. "This is an affirmation of our continuing efforts to address the needs of cost-conscious students and their families," said Helmer.
In addition to a robust, comprehensive financial aid program, awarded for both need and merit, BW is addressing affordability with the 4-Year Graduation Guarantee, a distinctive new program that kicked off this fall. At many universities, the total cost of an education escalates as large numbers of students take five, six or more years to earn a bachelor's degree. Starting with the 2012 incoming freshman class, Baldwin Wallace offers peace of mind, with a guarantee that provides a tuition-free additional year to finish.
Engaging a Broad Student Body to Achieve Highest Potential
BW also was highlighted in a third U.S. News category, "A+ Schools for B Students." The list applauds top institutions that "truly seek a broad, engaged student body." U.S. News notes that more than half of BW's entering freshmen were in the top 25% of their class, with an average 3.6 GPA. Beyond that, BW takes a holistic approach to evaluating the college-readiness of each applicant.
"BW's small class sizes and teaching faculty support, equip and allow a diverse student population to achieve their highest potential - from high school valedictorians to students who were late-bloomers in high school," Helmer said. "We view inclusiveness and opportunity for a wide spectrum of college-ready students as an important part of our mission."
U.S. News describes the list this way, "So you're a scholar trapped in the GPA of a B student, and your heart is set on a top college. There's hope."
"While third party assessments such as these should be considered in their proper context, we are deeply grateful for the ongoing fine work and commitment to BW that make them possible." Helmer concluded.