WINFIELD — For the second consecutive year, Washington Monthly magazine has recognized Southwestern College as a top-10 value in higher education in its college rankings issue.

Southwestern College logoIn the 2017 issue, the magazine ranks SC seventh in the Midwest Region as a “Best Bang for the Buck College.”

Washington Monthly’s methodology for the rankings is rooted in three categories — social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarships and doctorates) and service (encouraging students to give back to their country).

Data reviewed in the ranking process include graduation rates, first-generation student ratios, graduate earnings, net price of attendance and a measure calculated for each institution’s dedication to community service.

In total, 364 institutions of higher education were ranked in the Midwest category. The seventh place ranking put Southwestern ahead of all other schools in Kansas.

The “Best Bang for the Buck” list includes schools that help non-wealthy students to attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, according to Washington Monthly.

“We are proud to be recognized by ‘Washington Monthly’ magazine again,” said Southwestern College President Brad Andrews. “This particular ranking is the one that is most directly tied to our mission as a college. The dedication Southwestern College faculty and staff demonstrate in helping our students realize their potential results in an extremely valuable education.”

About Southwestern College

Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas.

Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world.

Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named a top provider for people serving in the military.

The college continues to be affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

This information was provided by Southwestern College News Bureau Coordinator Charles Osen.