It’s that time of year: rankings season. Announced last night, US News and World Report ranked Middlebury College fourth among liberal arts colleges nationwide. While many denounce the rankings and the methodology as inaccurate and even potentially harmful, US News rankings in particular are often seen as the meter of status among elite schools. Middlebury also ranked 9th in the category of Undergraduate Teaching at Liberal Arts Colleges, made the “most students studying abroad” list, and was listed as among the top 100 schools with the lowest acceptance rate.
More on that from last year’s post.
Forbes recently ranked Middlebury 26th in the nation among all higher education institutions. Princeton Review category rankings came out last week as well. For a different measure, Middlebury comes in at 23rd in Washington Monthly‘s public good rankings among liberal arts colleges.
EDIT: In a different sort of ranking, Middlebury dropped down to 11th in Sierra Magazine’s “Coolest Schools” list. We were ranked #3 last year.