Oglethorpe University was again included in the The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education U.S. College Rankings, an annual, student-focused assessment of colleges and universities that emphasizes student success and learning in an effort to measure institutions’ “educational impact.”
In the 2019 WSJ/THE rankings of 968 colleges and universities nationwide, Oglethorpe was noted as an institution that provides an inclusive learning environment for all students, and ranked highest in the subcategories of diversity and student interaction and engagement. In fact, Oglethorpe ranked in the top 25% of schools for “environment,” an area that analyzes student and faculty diversity, inclusion, and international student population.
According to WSJ/THE, the rankings aim to address the questions that matter most to students when choosing a college:
• Does the college have sufficient resources to teach me properly, and have a good academic reputation?
• Will I be engaged, and challenged, by my teacher and classmates?
• What type of campus community is there?
• How likely am I to graduate, pay off my loans and get a good job?
Drawn from 15 performance indicators, the rankings evaluate: resources (finance and faculty per student; papers per faculty); engagement (student engagement, interaction and recommendation; subject breadth); outcomes (graduation rate, graduate salary, loan repayment and reputation); and environment (student and faculty diversity, inclusion, and international student population).
Data sources include the Times Higher Education (THE) U.S. Student Survey of 200,000 current U.S. students, along with public data on areas including completion rates, graduate employment and loan repayments.