North Park Moves Up in University Rankings

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CHICAGO, IL (September 8, 2009) – North Park University moved up five spots in U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” ranking Number 40 out of 146 schools in the Midwest region.

North Park remains in the top tier of the Universities-Master’s category, which ranks schools based on their undergraduate programs.

Old MainSince 1983, U.S. News and World Report has presented exclusive annual rankings on colleges nationwide, offering students various search tools and providing information regarding scholarships, loans and grants. Using a basic version of classifications from The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teachings, it categorizes colleges for comparison within one of four main groupings: National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Universities-Master’s, and Baccalaureate Colleges.

There were 572 Universities-Master’s colleges ranked within four geographic areas: North, South, Midwest, and West. Schools in the Universities-Master’s category provide a full range of undergraduate programs and some master’s level programs, with few or no doctoral programs.

The magazine ranks each college based on criteria that include peer assessment, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

“We are pleased with the recognition,” says North Park University President David Parkyn. “However, our focus has not been on advancing in the ranks, but on providing our students with a strong and well-rounded education – to equip them with sound values and prepare them to lead as well as to serve.”

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