U.S. News Ranks William Woods in Top 100 Midwest Universities

William Woods University is one of the top 100 universities in the Midwest, according to the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.


“This ranking solidifies William Woods University’s position among the leading universities in the region,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president said. “This ranking is excellent news for our stakeholders, particularly our alumni and students, as the value of their educational investment continues to increase. I am delighted that William Woods is receiving the recognition it richly deserves.”


Barnett added, “We take our responsibility to our students very seriously, for we know we play an important role in the lives of these young people, and we provide the best education possible.”


William Woods, she pointed out, offers several unique programs:

  • WWU is one of only 30 schools in North America offering a bachelor’s degree in American Sign Language interpreting.

  • WWU was the first school in the world to offer a bachelor’s degree in equestrian science.

  • WWU is the only school in Missouri to provide a course of study in juvenile justice. WWU also offers a degree in criminal justice with an emphasis in homeland security.

  • WWU offers one of only 11 accredited athletic training education programs in the state.

The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, on newsstands starting Aug. 31. 


Over the past two decades, the U.S. Newscollege rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.


The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.


U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth. For more information about Best Colleges, visit www.usnews.com/colleges.