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October 27, 2021

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Regional college ranking of "Best Colleges" puts Bluffton in top tier

Bluffton University has once again been named to the top tier of Midwest “regional colleges” in the “U.S. News & World Report” rankings released today.

The 2022 edition of the magazine’s “Best Colleges” guidebook ranks Bluffton 31 among 76 comparable institutions in 12 Midwest states. Now listed in the “U.S. News” rankings for 24 consecutive years, Bluffton has consistently ranked in the top tier of Midwest colleges.

The rankings also place Bluffton second in Top Performers in Social Mobility (up from 13) and ninth in Best Value Schools (up from 18) among Midwest colleges. According to “U.S. News,” Top Performers in Social Mobility are named for their success in advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The Best Value calculation takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2022 ranking, and the 2020-21 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

“Bluffton’s innovative approach to a 4-year college education, including our Design Your Life curriculum, Bluffton Blueprint general education program and focus on Emotional Intelligence, help students get more out of their college experience and life,” said Robin Bowlus, vice president of advancement and enrollment management. “We are pleased to once again be recognized for these markers of distinction as well as for our dedication to social mobility and affordability.”