By: Andrew Mees, Director of Institutional Communications and Campaign Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – U.S. News & World Report has named Bloomfield College as the 14th most diverse National Liberal Arts College in the United States, in results released by the organization Wednesday, Sept. 9.
The school was also ranked as one of the top National Liberal Arts Colleges in the country in the organization’s annual Best Colleges Rankings for 2016. Bloomfield is one of two New Jersey liberal arts colleges to be placed in the rankings, joining Drew University as representatives of the Garden State.
The recognition comes on the heels of the institution being named as one of Money Magazine’s “Best Colleges” in its annual rankings, which highlighted institutions that are giving students the best value for their money and highest return on investment.
Diversity rankings were calculated to identify institutions where a student would most likely encounter classmates of a different ethnic group from their own. U.S. News calculated the proportion of the institution’s minority students (international students excluded) in relation to the overall student body, giving each school a score on an index ranging from zero to 1.0. Among National Liberal Arts Colleges, Bloomfield’s score of 0.62 placed the institution 14th in the nationwide rankings.
The ranking system used to evaluate National Liberal Arts Colleges uses quantitative measures that have been deemed reliable indicators of academic quality by education experts, such as graduation rates, peer assessment scores and student selectivity.
“It is an honor to again be ranked as one of the most diverse colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Adam Castro. “Our consistent placement at the top of this very important list is a testament to our socially conscious mission and our ability to recruit and retain students that are representative of both our local community and the global marketplace. The constant exposure our students receive to peers, staff, and faculty from different backgrounds is a tremendous advantage to them as they prepare for - and ultimately take - their place as productive, compassionate, and educated professionals and world citizens.”
To view the complete U.S. News & World Report 2016 Best Colleges Rankings, visit colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.