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Corrected: TMC celebrates high marks in report

Education: Christian liberal arts school garners U.S. News & World Report ranking

Posted: September 14, 2011 9:48 p.m.
Updated: September 14, 2011 9:48 p.m.

Editor's note: This article corrects a previous version that transposed the rankings of two Southern California colleges.
Officials at The Master’s College said Wednesday they were grateful to receive a top ranking from U.S. News & World Report in its Best Colleges list released this week.

“It’s nice to have someone outside the college affirm the academic qualities of our college,” said Mark Aydelotte, vice president of the Newhall college. “That’s what’s encouraging for us.”

The Christian liberal arts college ranked second behind Carroll College in Helena, Montana, and above Oklahoma Baptist University.

U.S. News & World Report ranked colleges in several categories including: national universities, liberal arts colleges, regional colleges, regional universities and more.

Harvard University received No. 1 in the national university rankings, and Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, ranked No. 1 in the liberal arts college rankings.

University of California Los Angeles ranked 25rd nationally and University of Southern California ranked 23th nationally.

The Master’s College received high marks for its strong accreditation ratings, great faculty, diverse student population and strong academics, Aydelotte said.

“People think of our school as a small school,” Aydelotte said. “But we have students here from 28 different countries.”

The regional college rankings were split into four categories: north, south, west and Midwest. The west category was the largest, stretching from Oklahoma to Hawaii.

Peer review from other colleges accounts for 25 percent of the evaluation; the college’s retention rate accounts for 25 percent; and faculty resources account for 20 percent; student SAT and ACT scores account for 15 percent; the amount of money the college spends on student instruction accounts for 10 percent; and the alumni giving rate accounts for 5 percent.

The Master’s College current enrollment of 1,012 students is its highest enrollment ever, Aydelotte said.


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