August 24, 1998

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Middlebury College Seventh in Annual "America's Best Colleges" Issue

In its 12th annual "America's Best Colleges" issue, U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks Middlebury College seventh amongst national liberal arts colleges, a ranking Middlebury shares with Bowdoin College of Brunswick, Maine. The issue hit newsstands Monday, Aug. 24 and is available online at U.S. News' web site, U.S. News' ranking includes 162 national liberal arts colleges.

Middlebury also appeared in several other rankings in the magazine. Amongst national liberal arts colleges, Middlebury ranked 33rd in the "Schools That Offer the Best Value" category. Middlebury also tied with several other colleges for ninth place regarding the percentage of international students that make up its student body.

One of the articles in the issue, "An Inquiry: Are Colleges Taking the Low Road?," quotes Middlebury College Dean of Enrollment Planning Mike Schoenfeld. With regard to whether or not colleges are changing their operations in response to rankings in the U.S. News annual college issue, Schoenfeld said that the rankings can act as a positive force since they can help colleges focus on topics such as faculty pay.