Fall 2018

Biola Again Ranked as a Top National University

By Jenna Loumagne

Biola University has again been named one of America’s best colleges, earning a spot in the top tier of the “best national universities” category of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 rankings, released Sept. 10. 

Biola was also recognized on a separate list of the “Top Universities for International Students” released earlier in the summer by the same publication.

The U.S. News rankings are considered the most notable of the annual published college rankings. For more than 20 years, Biola has been included on U.S. News’ list of national universities, which consists of 312 institutions that “offer a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees,” according to U.S. News. This year, Biola is ranked at No. 157 overall, and is one of four member universities from the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) to be ranked in the first tier, which consists of 229 schools. Biola is the top-ranked CCCU member school in the national universities category.

Meanwhile, U.S. News’ list of 181 “Top Universities for International Students” is based on “academic factors, such as the six-year graduation rate for international students, as well as social and cultural supports, like the availability of international student organizations.”

“The recognition of Biola University as a top-tier national university affirms our aspiration to be a leading choice for Christian college students,” Biola President Barry H. Corey said. “Our 110 year history of Christ-centered education provides a foundation for continued excellence with innovation as we prepare tomorrow’s leaders for success academically, spiritually and vocationally, to make a lasting contribution to the good of the world.”

The U.S. News rankings are the latest in a series of national recognitions for the university. In addition to U.S. News, several other publications gave high marks to Biola’s academic quality in annual rankings released in August:

  • Princeton Review ranked Biola as one of the 2019 Best Regional Colleges in the “Best in the West” category, a collection of schools it evaluates as academically outstanding and    worth students’ consideration during a college search.
  • Money Magazine also ranked Biola as one of the “Best Colleges For Your Money.”
  • Forbes recognized Biola as one of 650 schools on its list of “America’s Top Colleges."


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