September 1, 2000
Oklahoma Baptist University matched its highest rating ever Friday in U.S. News & World Report's 2001 "America's Best Colleges" rankings.
OBU was listed third in overall quality among regional liberal arts colleges in the western United States. This marks the ninth consecutive year for the University to be listed in the regional "top 10." OBU was ranked fifth in the 2000 U.S. News listings. The university's previous high ranking was third in overall quality in 1995. OBU has been in the news magazine's top-10 rankings for 10 of the last 11 years.
In addition to the recognition for quality, OBU also was listed as a top 10 U.S. News "best value" among regional liberal arts colleges in the West. The university was ranked ninth in the "best value" list. The ranking marked the seventh consecutive year for OBU to be included in the listing of colleges which U.S. News deems to offer the best education in relation to overall cost.
In a new U.S. News category titled "Merit Aid," OBU was tied for 15th among all schools across the nation in the percentage of students receiving merit financial aid. The magazine listed the colleges and universities under the heading "Hard work and good grades pay off at these schools."
"It is an honor to again be recognized in the prestigious U.S. News rankings," said OBU President Mark Brister. "The impartial ranking by this national news magazine again confirms OBU quality. This is an external evidence that our mission of Christian higher education is effective and worthwhile in today's marketplace."
The overall quality rankings are based on academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources, graduation and retention rates, class size, student/faculty ratio, SAT/ACT scores, freshmen standings in their high school classes, and alumni giving rates.
In comparison to other top-10 institutions, OBU fared well in academic reputation, academic quality of the freshman class, freshman retention rate, and percentage of alumni who financially support the university.
Only one other Oklahoma college or university was listed in the regional top 10 for overall quality. Oklahoma Christian University was ranked 10th in the West. Albertson College (Idaho) was ranked first in the region, followed by George Fox University (Oregon) and OBU.