Rankings, Achievements 
& Awards

Taylor University ranks highly—and not just among Christian liberal arts colleges.

Our dedication to excellence in and out of the classroom has led to national recognition by publications like U.S. News & World ReportWashington Monthly, and Forbes. Taylor students regularly earn awards and recognition for research, creative projects, and academic work. A few recent additions to the list:

US News #1 Regional College Award

Taylor University Ranked Number Two Midwest College by U.S. News.

For over two decades, U.S. News & World Report has recognized and ranked Taylor University in the region’s top three colleges in the Midwest. Taylor leads its institutional category in freshman retention rate, and ranks second for graduation rate and the ability to attract freshmen from the top 25% of their high school classes.

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Taylor student-athletes lead the nation academically.

In 2015-2016, 10 student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, ranking Taylor first in the NAIA and fifth in the nation across all collegiate levels (including NCAA divisions). For the fourth year in a row, all 18 of Taylor's athletic teams were recognized for academic standing.

Student Emmy

Two regional Emmy awards go to Taylor student films.

Three Taylor student-produced documentaries were nominated for awards by the regional Emmy organization—and two of them won. The Glassmakers: Exploring an Indiana Tradition and When the Game Changes: A Playbook for Perseverance added two more recognitions to Film & Media Production's 200+ awards since 2006.


Senior computer science student presents original research to Lockheed Martin.

January 2017, Mitchell Mays ’17 presented his original research, entitled “Feature Selection for Malware Classification”, to security researchers at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Labs. Mays’ paper was also selected for presentation at Purdue’s 18th Annual Information Security Symposium and the 28th Modern Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (MAICS) Conference.


Theatre production receives 10 national honors

Taylor Theatre’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole received 10 national honors after its appearance at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The honors recognized set, lighting, and makeup design, direction, acting, and production.


Endowment team wins national competition.

April 2017, Taylor’s endowment teams competed against more than 400 entrants in the annual QGAME competition in New York City—and won. The team, which manages more than $2.5 million of the University’s endowment, was named top Fixed-Income Manager.

NASA Satellite

NASA and the Air Force select Taylor satellites for launch.

A satellite designed and built by Taylor students, Extremely Low Orbit Space-Satellite (ELEOsat), was one of five satellites chosen by the Air Force to launch into space. ELEOsat will conduct research in the ionosphere, a largely unexplored region of low-level space. Other satellites Taylor has sent into space include TSAT and CubeSat, both launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

University Recognitions & Accolades

See what some of the nation's best-known publications have to say about a Taylor University education.

  • Christian Colleges of Distinction

    Taylor University named to Colleges of Distinction List

    Taylor University has been named a Christian College of Distinction for 2016-2017. The list is created to show the best Christian colleges and universities in the United States.

    According to the list’s creators, Taylor and the other Colleges of Distinction honorees were so named because, “it excels at the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes. "

    "Taylor University may be the perfect place for students who are committed to rigorous academics and dedicated to a life of service based on Christian teachings and values," said one of the site’s editors.

  • Forbes America's Top Colleges

    Taylor University Ranked in Forbes.com Collegiate Survey

    Taylor University has been listed as one of America's Best Colleges by Forbes.com.

    The survey listed 650 colleges and universities – the top 20 percent – in its rankings. Taylor was ranked 238 overall – a jump of more than 90 spots since 2009.

    “The rankings, which are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, focus on the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt,” said the editors. “They do not attempt to assess a school’s reputation, nor are they a measure of academic selectivity and we pointedly ignore any metrics that would encourage schools to engage in wasteful spending.”

    “Statistical data has determined the return on investment of a college education can be anywhere from $400,000 to more than $1 million over the working career of a college graduate,” said Steve Mortland, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing at Taylor. “We tell our incoming freshmen students they are making a choice – not only for the next four years, but the next 40. Our graduates serve God and humankind in a variety of vocations from physicians, elected leaders and teachers to businesspeople, computer programmers, pastors and filmmakers.”

  • Open Doors

    Taylor Overseas Study Program Highly Ranked In Open Doors Poll

    The Open Doors report – a survey associated with the U.S. Department of State that measures study abroad and service learning trips from colleges and universities in the United States to international destinations – has accorded high national rankings to Taylor University’s overseas learning and serving programs.

    In the category Total Number of Study Abroad Students: Top 40 Baccalaureate Colleges, Taylor is ranked ninth nationally – a ranking that is significant in that Taylor is competing with larger universities on a nationwide scale. Taylor also moved from last year’s fourth-place ranking to a third-place ranking among Baccalaureate Colleges for the number of students who experienced a short-term trip, and was sixth among Top 40 Baccalaureate Colleges for the percentage of students who participated in a study abroad experience.

    Open Doors is a comprehensive information resource on U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit from their home colleges, and is published by the Institute of International Education, an independent, not-for-profit organization with a network of over 1,200 member institutions. It is supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

    The data used in the survey was compiled during the 2015-2016 academic year.

    According to Taylor officials, while all three rankings are valuable indicators of the health of Taylor’s overseas study and service program, the eighth-place ranking for the overall number of students who travel and study abroad is significant because it compares Taylor with other baccalaureate schools that have larger student bodies. Taylor students study and serve abroad in 36 countries that include Bahamas, Belize, China, Ecuador, England, Greece, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Mexico, Namibia, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Uganda.

  • Princeton Review

    Taylor University A Best In The Midwest College by Princeton Review

    Taylor University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted in August on PrincetonReview.com.

    Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher, "We're pleased to recommend Taylor to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as 'regional best' colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists." 

    The 153 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

    For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues – from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

  • U.S. News & World Report

    Taylor University Ranked Number Two Midwest College by U.S. News

    Taylor University is the number two institution in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2018 U.S. News & World Report survey, America's Best Colleges. 

    The ranking marks the 21st consecutive year Taylor University has been listed in the region’s top three, and follows 10 straight years during which Taylor was the number one ranked university in the Midwest. Criteria employed by U.S. News include graduation and retention rates, peer assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving. 

    Among the Midwest’s Best Regional Colleges, Taylor ranked first in freshman retention rate, and second for graduation rate and the ability to attract freshmen from the top 25% of their high school class. 

    Included among companion rankings released by U.S. News, Taylor was ranked number one in the Midwest in the survey, Best Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes institutions’ commitment to undergraduate teaching. Taylor was also ranked on a U.S. News list of schools with the highest number of international students.

    A complete list of the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available online at www.usnews.com. 

    About Taylor University: Founded in 1846, Taylor University is a nondenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Ind. The 2018 U.S. News & World Report survey America's Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number two Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges. It marked Taylor’s 21st consecutive year to be ranked in the region's top three. 

    Taylor University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). 

    U.S. News & World Report does not sponsor or endorse Taylor University's products or services.

  • Washington Monthly

    Taylor University Ranked 14th Nationally by Washington Monthly

    Taylor University is ranked 14th nationally among 352 baccalaureate colleges in Washington Monthly's 2012 baccalaureate college rankings.

    The ranking the latest recognition received by Taylor and comes on the heels of high rankings in Princeton Review and Forbes, and the sixth consecutive number one Midwest ranking by U.S. News. Washington Monthly’s rankings stand in contrast to other surveys in that their system rates schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility, Research and Service.

    Taylor finished 10th in the Bachelors to PhD rank, 19th in the Peace Corps rank, and 35th in the category Community service participation and hours served.

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