U.S. News Names Biola a Best National University

Biola ranked in top tier of America’s best national universities

Sep. 13, 2016 By Jenna Loumagne

Biola University has again been named one of America’s best colleges, earning a spot in the top tier of the “best national universities” category of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, released Sept. 13.

"Biola University's position within the top tier of national universities on the U.S. News rankings is an affirmation of the work we have done to strengthen our academic programs and reputation while continuing in our Christ-centered mission," said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “Rankings like this should encourage us to keep innovating and pursuing excellence as we strive to be even more effective in our educational endeavors."


The U.S. News rankings are considered the most notable of the annual published college rankings. For more than 20 years, Biola has been included on U.S. News’ list of national universities, which consists of 310 institutions that “offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees,” according to U.S. News. This year, Biola is ranked at No. 164 overall, and is one of three national universities in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to be ranked in the first tier, which consists of 220 schools.

Biola increased its reputation score among peer school administrators and among high school guidance counselors since last year, which are the two most significant scores in the rankings.

The annual guide also spotlights Biola as one of the nation’s “A+ schools for B students” for the seventh consecutive year. The list includes universities that are deemed as top colleges that seek a broad and engaged student body, admitting students who are well-rounded and have a sense of purpose, and not immediately disqualifying a student from admission who may have less than a 4.0 GPA average.


To calculate the rankings, U.S. News uses quantitative data that assesses universities’ performance in everything from graduation and retention rates to faculty resources, measuring up to 16 indicators of academic performance. This quantitative data results in 77.5 percent of the overall score; the remaining 22.5 percent is based on undergraduate academic reputation surveys.


The U.S. News rankings are the latest in a series of national recognitions for the university. In July, Forbes recognized Biola as one of “America’s Top Colleges.” Forbes’ list includes 660 schools, which represent the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions.


U.S. News’ Best Colleges 2017 guidebook will be in stores on Oct. 4 and is available for pre-order online.

Written by Jenna Loumagne, media relations specialist. For more information, contact Jenna at (562) 777-4061 or jenna.loumagne@biola.edu.


  • David Allen Sep. 13, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Congregation Biola University on being one of the top best college in America. Our son will be graduating from Biola in December.

  • Bob Fritch '81 Sep. 13, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Proud to be a graduate of such a prestigious school!

  • David Johnson Sep. 13, 2016 at 9:41 PM

    Praises to the Lord, I just started my first semster at Talbot School of Theology.

  • George Shakwelele Sep. 14, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    I am ever grateful to God to be at this great school.

  • Sean Collins Sep. 17, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Proud to be a Biola alum!

  • Mary W. Huston Nov. 20, 2016 at 1:20 AM

    very good

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