Best Colleges Rankings Increase

University Continues Upward Trajectory

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Keene, Texas » Southwestern Adventist University has once again ranked in the annual U.S. News “Regional Colleges West” rankings list. Southwestern is now ranked 20th in the 15-state region for our category. This ranking is up from 21st  in 2016 and 22nd in 2015.

“It is nice to receive affirmation from a reputable organization of the quality we all experience on a daily basis,” shares Dr. Ken Shaw, Southwestern Adventist University President.

U.S. News also ranked Southwestern Adventist University as the second Most Ethnically Diverse Campus for the West region (out of 15 states). The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes including graduation and retention rates. The college ranking categories are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the most widely accepted classification system in U.S. higher education. U.S. News has used the Carnegie classification system since the first Best Colleges rankings in 1983.

Southwestern was also ranked as the sixth safest college in the United States, out of 1,346, by, and is ranked as the safest college in Texas. You can read more about Southwestern Adventist University’s additional rankings at

This past year, Southwestern Adventist University marked the highest student retention rate ever recorded in its history. The 81 percent retention rate for the 2016-2017 school year was 16 percent higher than the national average.

“The people are the reason why I stayed,” recalls communication major Tanya Soria, from San Diego, California. “Our campus has a way of making people feel at home. We’re loved and supported. Why would I go anywhere else?”

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