TLU Tops U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Value in the West List

September 13, 2016

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Texas Lutheran University is once again at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings among regional colleges in the West, ranking first on the list for “Best Value” and second overall.

“The No. 1 Best Value ranking from U.S. News is another testament to the quality of a Texas Lutheran University education,” said President Dr. Stuart Dorsey. “At a time when parents and students are very focused on the financial impact of pursuing a higher education, we are proud to be recognized as a leader in both academics and affordability.”

Rankings are based on data collected from several categories, including academic reputation, admissions selectivity, faculty resources, retention, graduation rates and alumni support. U.S. News & World Report then ranks colleges and universities in classifications based upon region and classification. Regional schools focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

TLU earns the No. 1 spot in the West for “Best Value” based upon its high overall ranking combined with modest net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. According to U.S. News & World Report, these are schools that are above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because the publication considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

Along with the U.S. News accolades, TLU was recognized as a 2016 Great Colleges to Work For® by The Chronicle of Higher Education. TLU was also named a 2016 top baccalaureate college by The Washington Monthly for the university’s contributions to the public good. TLU ranked seventh among the top 100 baccalaureate colleges, receiving high marks in the service and research categories.


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