Hanover among U.S. News & World Report’s best for undergraduate education and social mobility

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Hanover College has once again been ranked among the nation’s best national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. In the publication’s 2022-23 “Best Colleges” edition, Hanover ranks among the publication’s top 50 percent for overall undergraduate education and in the top third for social mobility.

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” provides data-driven information and guidance to help prospective students and families understand their higher education options. The publication profiles more than 1,600 U.S. degree-granting institutions through comparisons such as application requirements, tuition and financial aid policies, student body demographics, campus life, student-faculty ratio and average federal loan debt of graduates.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges divides U.S. colleges and universities in four categories, including national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. Hanover is included among national liberal arts colleges because it focuses almost exclusively on undergraduate education and awards at least 50 percent of its degrees in the arts and sciences.

Hanover landed 102nd among 210 national liberal arts colleges ranked by the magazine. The College placed 70th for social mobility, marking a leap of 10 spots from last year’s ranking.

Hanover’s overall ranking is based on its performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. These include in-depth assessments of the College’s admission requirements and selectivity, cost and financial aid, academic and student life, retention, faculty resources, athletics, campus safety and more.

The publication’s social mobility rankings examine which schools best provide financial assistance to economically disadvantaged students. Hanover’s current student body includes a high percentage of students who are eligible for Pell Grants, which support students with exceptional financial need.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges utilizes the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The Carnegie Classification has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education since 1970. Considered the accepted standard in U.S. higher education, the Carnegie Classification has been used by U.S. News since the first “Best Colleges” rankings was published in 1983.

The online version of U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Colleges will be released this month. The printed “Best Colleges 2023” guidebook will ship in late October and be available in bookstores in November.