Adrian College in top rankings of US News and World Report

ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian College has made another significant leap in rankings among Colleges in the Midwest according to U.S. News and World Report. In its 2018 edition of America’s Best Colleges, U.S. News has once again ranked Adrian College as a “Regional Top College in the Midwest.”  The College is listed among the “Best Regional Colleges” section, tallying the fifth consecutive time the College has held this distinction. This year the College also received recognition as a “Most Innovative” institution—- landing as the #3 school in that specific category. Adrian was also recognized as a Regional “Best Value School” – the fifth year Adrian College has held this honor. Ranking information can be found at

“The momentum and continuous improvements inside and outside the classroom at Adrian College continue to receive national attention,” Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking, president of Adrian College, said. “With over $80 million in new facilities, record enrollments and 40 percent growth in the size of our faculty, Adrian College has established itself as a distinctive and innovative educational leader in the United States.”

The new recognition as a “Most Innovative” institution recognizes those institutions making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities. Adrian College received the third-highest number of nominations for making promising changes on campus. The addition of Adrian College to the list of “Best Value Schools” takes into account the institutions commitment to academic quality and the cost of attendance.

“Recognition for innovation is especially gratifying because the single-most important thing we can do for our students and our community is to inspire a culture of innovation and critical thinking,” Docking said. “Adrian College recognizes the need for students and faculty to be fueled by innovative programs, forward-thinking projects and inspirational surroundings.”

This is the tenth consecutive year the College has been featured by U.S. News and World Report.  In its 2009 edition of America’s “Best Colleges” and again in 2010, Adrian College received top billing as the “#1 Up-and-Coming School in the Midwest.” In its 2011 and 2012 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News & World Report ranked Adrian College as one of the top five schools in the Midwest of Regional Colleges to have the least amount of debt upon graduation.

Adrian College continues to experience monumental growth in academic programs and facilities with exceptionally qualified students and an experienced faculty who are among the top in their fields. Throughout the past decade, Adrian College has become a national highlight of small private colleges with its doubled enrollment, high retention rate, and innovating programming.