Publications rank Hanover among top colleges

Two of the top college-oriented publications in the U.S. continue to include Hanover College among the nation’s best. Survey-based rankings in publications from Forbes magazine and The Princeton Review have each lauded Hanover in such categories as outstanding classroom experience, value and financial health.

For the ninth consecutive year, The Princeton Review has named Hanover one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. The New York-based education services company features Hanover in its guide, “The Best 378 Colleges – 2014 Edition.”

The annual publication selected just 15 percent of 2,500 four-year colleges in the U.S. for this distinction.

The publication features two-page profiles of the selected schools and the results of student-based surveys ranking the top 20 colleges in 62 categories. The varied areas included professors, campus food, financial aid and “green” initiatives, among others.

Hanover ranked 19th for “most beautiful campus” and was noted for its academics, admission selectivity and financial aid packages. The College totaled 91 of a possible 99 points in its academic rating, 82 points in its admission rating and 83 points in financial aid.

Students in the survey hailed Hanover’s friendly and safe campus, laboratory and athletic facilities, and having professors instead of teaching assistants in the classroom.

The Princeton Review derives its rankings for a survey of 126,000 students who attend the various colleges in the book. Students, through an 80-question survey, rated their schools academics, administration, campus life, and student body, and also reported their campus experiences.

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Forbes magazine named Hanover one of the top schools in the U.S. for financial health. The story, “Is Your College Going Broke? The Most And Least Financially Fit Schools In America,” ranked Hanover 106th out of 925 private, nonprofit colleges and universities.

Appearing in its August 13 issue, the magazine offers financial grades running from A-plus to D based on a nine-part formula it created. The formula takes into account factors like the level of a college’s dependence on tuition and the size of its operating surplus (or deficit).

The College earned a grade A for financial health with an overall grade-point average of 3.695 out of a possible 4.500 points.

Hanover was also one of the top Indiana schools, beating out institutions such as DePauw University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Butler University.

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Hanover ranked 276th in Forbes’ sixth-annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” The information, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, ranks 650 undergraduate institutions based on quality of education, student experience and achievement.

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