SAU: The Economist’s No. 1 Long-term Value Among Michigan Christian Colleges

On October 29, 2015, world-renowned newspaper The Economist released its first-ever college rankings list. Utilizing data from the recent U.S. Department of Education college scorecards, the authors of the list ranked a total of 1,275 four-year non-vocational American colleges based on the number of alumni earning above the expected average.


Spring Arbor University landed within the 91st percentile of all ranked four-year institutions, achieving the number one spot among Christian universities in Michigan, the second spot among all universities in Michigan, the seventh spot nationwide among member schools of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the 112th spot among every ranked university. According to the data collected by the U.S. Department of Education then analyzed by the authors of the list, SAU alumni earn around 12% more than the average income projected for graduates from similar schools within the region, based on factors of gender, SAT scores and socio-economic background, among others.

Dr. Brent Ellis, president of Spring Arbor University, said of the ranking “This news further solidifies what so many students and alumni already know, and what the world is now discovering: Spring Arbor University offers a tremendous value by providing a Christian liberal arts education combined with a unique, global perspective. We equip our students to serve as people of wisdom throughout their lives and careers, a reality now confirmed by The Economist.”

Additionally, the authors of the study refrained from weighing the study in favor of “value-add” curriculum – as might be found at engineering or business schools – and instead “treated fields of study as a reflection of student preferences.” Given this, as well as the current political climate, Spring Arbor University, as a small, private Christian liberal arts institution, ranked exceptionally well.

Founded in 1873, Spring Arbor University’s main campus is located on 100 acres in Spring Arbor, Mich. SAU offers more than 70 majors and programs to undergraduate students and graduate programs to students both online and across 12 regional sites. Through these programs, as well as opportunities like the Center for Autism Spectrum Enrichment (CASE), Stock Exchange clubs, Slingshot and numerous residencies, SAU equips students with the career skills necessary for becoming leaders and critical participants within the world.

Based in London, England, The Economist has enjoyed a rich history of publication dating back to 1843. Founded on the principles of classical and economic liberalism, The Economist aims to participate in the contest between intelligence and ignorance by providing information and perspective.

Their original story can be found here.

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