Muskingum University was recently ranked the fifth-best in value among Midwest Regional Universities, according to the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges list.
Vice President of Enrollment, Jeff Zellers, said he and others who first saw the ranking were pleased with the result.
“We have had that rating before but it [has] been a long time,” said Zellers. “It has been a good 15 to 18 years since we’ve had a rating that high.”
Zellers said he hopes this ranking makes a positive impact on potential students looking into Muskingum.
“We hope it says to…give us a look because we are a really good value and value is the combination of a really good program and a competitive net price,” said Zellers. “We are more affordable than our competition.”
Muskingum Senior and Tour Guide, Ethan Lynch, said he wasn’t surprised by the high ranking, even when he first looked into Muskingum before his first year.
“[The ranking] was confirming what I already knew,” said Lynch. “Even being a private university, it’s a lot better in value and gave me better aid, even more so than a lot of state schools I looked at.”
Lynch said that being fifth overall in value in the Midwest Region is only the tip of the iceberg, as Muskingum is the highest-ranked on the list among the Ohio schools.
“It’s a great way of showcasing Muskingum,” said Lynch.
Lynch said one of the more valuable traits, besides the affordable cost and quality education, is the personal connection with the instructors.
“I always give instances of if I’ve missed a class for being sick or I had to go home for a doctor’s appointment, I’ve had professors email me before I could email them,” said Lynch. “So it’s that personal connection and it’s the community aspect.”
Muskingum came behind Valparaiso University, Dominican University, Aquinas College, and Elmhurst College, respectively, in the value category.
The University also ranked in the top half of all Midwest Region universities.
Other Ohio schools in the top 25 best value schools in the Midwest Region include Capital University, John Carroll University, and Baldwin Wallace, respectively.