Willamette named “Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts College”

U.S. News and World Report listed Willamette University in the top tier of liberal arts colleges nationally, ranking the university 59th overall in the new issue of "America's Best Colleges 2011" and naming Willamette among the top "Up-and-coming National Liberal Arts Colleges."  The magazine's ranking formula takes account of factors such as SAT scores, student/faculty ratio, peer reputation and alumni giving.

The U.S. News' ranking follows several recent national accolades for Willamette, including being featured in The Princeton Review's 2011 edition of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "100 Best Value Colleges for 2010," in which Willamette was the only private school included from the Pacific Northwest. Willamette was also listed among Sierra magazine's top 100 "Cool Schools" for a commitment to the environment, and was one of six Presidential Awardees nationwide for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service to America's communities.

Additionally, Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management was named to Forbes Magazine's top 75 "Best Business Schools" for 2009 and was named a "Top 15 Program for Preparing Students for Marketing" by The Princeton Review. The College of Law was ranked among the top "Best Value Law Schools" by The National Jurist in 2009.

Highlights of the U.S. News undergraduate college rankings will be published in the magazine's September issue and are available online at