By Joana Moreno
The past summer has brought not just one, but three awards to Southwestern from various college critics. The university received recognition from Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, followed by Forbes and, more recently, U.S News and World Report.
Though different, all three recognized and acclaimed the university community. Christine Bowman, Director of Admissions, experienced the effects of the recognition in her department.
“Each [acclaim], I think, has a different meaning,” Bowman said. “Each one is viewed in different ways [by potential students] and we in Admissions are excited about each one of them and worked with them in different ways.”
Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL), originally published in 1996, was re-published this past summer. It recognizes Southwestern as a school with qualities that allow for student prosperity, such as: low student-to-faculty ratios, faculty dedication, and out-of-classroom learning opportunities, to name a few. Loren Pope from CTCL personally reviewed the school’s merit.
“Southwestern is one of the few jewels of the Southwest whose mission is to prepare a new generation to contribute to a changing society, and to prosper in their jobs, whatever and wherever in the world they may be,” Pope said.
Later in the semester came the recognition from Forbes which placed Southwestern as one of the top 100 undergraduate schools in the country as well as the #2 school in Texas. The criteria for this consisted of student engagement, alumni success and four-year graduation rate.
“Forbes looked at qualities we feel are important because its review was student-centered and student outcome orientated,” Bowman said.
Finally, US News & World Report featured a piece on Southwestern in ‘Texas College Road Trip,’ a subsection of the magazine which features colleges throughout the state.
“It is gratifying to see Southwestern receive such recognition. I know from my own usage of such surveys that they can really bring positive student interest to the university,” junior Brooke Chatterton said. “I’m proud to attend such a highly ranked school.”