Both of the area’s liberal arts college are once again moving up the national rankings as decided by U.S. News and World Report.
Knox is ranked as the 66th best liberal arts school in the country, using a model that considers factors such as expert opinion, outcomes, and faculty resources.
Monmouth notes that they have climbing 50 rankings since 2013, and in 2020 sit at #124. Monmouth President Clarence Wyatt says any rankings should be taken with a grain of salt.
But he adds that these along with improved rankings in the Washington Monthly rankings show the higher education communication community is starting to look at Monmouth as a “model.”
A high point of pride for the Scots also comes from their 7th ranking in the nation for social mobility, based on the graduation rate of students receiving Pell grants versus those who don’t.
Midwestern schools populate the rankings for best value schools in the country, including some Illinois institutions like Milikin University and Eureka College in the top 30.
Among Midwest Conference schools, only Grinnell and Lawrence ranked above Knox and only Illinois College and St. Norbert ranked below Monmouth.