U.S. News Names Biola a Best National University

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

Sep. 12, 2017 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 2018 rankings, released Sept. 12.


“Biola University's recognition as a top tier national university within the U.S. News rankings is a testament to the work we have accomplished to strengthen our academic programs and help students prepare for meaningful careers,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “Even in a changing higher education landscape, national rankings remind us to continue to innovate and pursue excellence as we seek to serve a new generation of students.”


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 311 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. 159 overall, and is one of five universities from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to be ranked in the first tier, which consists of 223 schools. Biola is the top ranked CCCU member school in the National Universities category.


Biola’s overall score increased, partially due to an increase in its reputation score among peer school administrators.


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 15 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 August, Princeton Review ranked Biola as a 2018 Best Regional College in the Best Western category. Princeton Review highlights 658 colleges across five regional zones that are considered academically outstanding and worth students’ consideration during a college search. Money Magazine also ranked Biola as one of 711 Best Colleges For Your Money in August.


In July, Forbes recognized Biola as one of “America’s Top Colleges.” Forbes’ list includes 650 schools, which represent the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions.


U.S. News’ Best Colleges 2018 guidebook will be in stores on Oct. 10 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.l.bartlo@biola.edu.



  • Joy Sep. 13, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Honored to be an alum and not at all surprised by this news!

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