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U.S. News and World Report ranks SAU as a top-tier Midwest Regional University

Spring Arbor University Clocktower, Plaza, and Library

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 “Best Colleges” rankings reveal Spring Arbor University (SAU) as a top-tier Midwest Regional University for the 12th consecutive year. SAU is ranked No. 51 among Best Regional Universities Midwest. This serves as SAU’s second-best ranking received in this report and lists SAU as No. 6 among institutions in Michigan.

SAU was ranked in three other categories including ranked No. 11 among Regional Universities Midwest for “Top Performers on Social Mobility,” ranked No. 33 among Regional Universities Midwest in “Best Colleges for Veterans” and ranked No. 36 (No. 3 in Michigan) among Regional Universities Midwest in “Best Value.”

SAU’s rankings can be attributed to its improved six-year graduation rate, a number that is based on a four-year rolling average. Additionally, SAU has welcomed an increase in the number of new students who ranked in the top 25% of their high school class.

SAU President Dr. Brent Ellis believes the dedication of SAU’s faculty and staff to prepare students to become global participants is reflected in the 2021 rankings.

“Each semester, we aim to teach students to be lifelong learners who have both practical skills and critical thinking abilities to serve, live on purpose and make a difference in the world. These rankings reaffirm the commitment we’ve made to produce graduates who become leaders in a contemporary world.”

U.S. News and World Report uses a unique methodology to rank schools, weighing categories such as peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty and financial resources, student selectivity and alumni giving. For consideration within the rankings of Regional Universities, schools must offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as some master’s programs.