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Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010

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Baker University ranked among top liberal arts colleges in nation

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University was one of two Kansas universities to be ranked among the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.  

The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at, will also be published in the September issue of the U.S. News and World Report magazine, on newsstands starting Aug. 31.Baker-1134

Baker was listed 144th in the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges rankings. A national liberal arts college was defined as emphasizing undergraduate education and awarding at least half their degrees in the arts and sciences.

Over the past 26 years, the U.S. News college rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. The America’s Best Colleges ranking package, which includes extensive editorial content and multimedia resources, has helped families navigate the difficult decisions involved throughout the college process, from college admission and selection to financing options.

“Since our founding more than 150 years ago, our focus has been on providing distinctive and high quality academic programs and services for our students,” Baker President Pat Long said. “I am proud of our faculty and staff who commit every day to delivering on our promise: academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting learning community.”

The 2011 Best Colleges feature the established rankings of the Best National Universities and Best Liberal Arts Colleges, while also including rankings of A+ Schools for B Students, Great Schools at Great Prices and Up-And-Coming Schools, among others.

The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges.


Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.