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Olivet College has made a significant leap in rankings among colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report. In its 2014 edition of America’s “Best Colleges,” Olivet jumped 10 spots from last year’s guide in the category of Best Regional Colleges ? Midwest. This is the third consecutive year that Olivet has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report among the best of its peer institutions.

“We’re pleased that U.S. News & World Report has once again affirmed what our students and alumni already know – that Olivet College provides an excellent educational opportunity,” said Olivet College President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D. “As we continue our work in charting the course to the Olivet College of 2020 and beyond, I am confident we will keep gaining momentum as a top choice for students who want an engaging, interpersonal college experience.”

U.S. News & World Report is frequently cited as the nation’s premier college ranking publication. The rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, are one of the most comprehensive research tools for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

The 2014 report includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities nationwide, with rankings based on several key measures of quality. The Regional Universities and Regional Colleges categories are based on the weighted scores of indicators including: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. Olivet jumped 10 spots from last year’s guide to earn the #52 spot in the Best Regional Colleges – Midwest category. Review the complete methodology.

The rankings will be published in the 2014 edition of the “Best Colleges” guidebook, as well as the September issue of U.S. News & World Report and online.