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Messiah is ranked first among Regional Colleges (North) by U.S. News & World Report for efficiently providing a quality education

February 14th, 2014

Colleges and universities on this list, according to U.S. News, “are doing a very good job at producing a top ranking for academic quality while carefully spending their available financial resources, as measured relative to other schools that may have greater sources of funding from states, tuition or endowments.”

U.S. News describes the criteria for the rankings: “U.S. News measures a school’s financial resources by taking into account how much it spends per student on instruction, research, student services and related educational expenditures. Financial resources have a 10 percent weight in the Best Colleges ranking methodology.

“U.S. News defines operating efficiency for this list as a school’s 2012 fiscal year financial resources per student divided by its overall score – the basis U.S. News uses to determine its overall numerical rank – in the 2014 Best Colleges rankings. This calculation reveals how much each school is spending to achieve one point in the overall score and its position in the rankings.

“The less a school is spending relative to its rank, the more efficient it is at producing a quality education among its peers. In order to appear on the list, schools had to be numerically ranked in the top half of their U.S. News ranking category in the Best Colleges 2014 rankings.”

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