Malone has recently been honored to achieve status on three different prestigious lists.
“I think these awards are affirming,” said Suzanne Thomas, director of university relations. “They basically tell us what we already knew: that Malone offers an exceptional experience to young people.”
The school is honored to be mentioned in the lists and continues to focus on the impact their services and opportunities have on students.
“These awards are very nice, but we know that what you get at Malone is even more than this,” Thomas said. “You combine faith and learning and what we call experiential activism or service, and we are going to graduate some pretty awesome people who are going to do some amazing things.”
Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Ohio
Out of the 400 colleges in Ohio, Malone ranked 39 out of the 44 top tier colleges on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Ohio list in July.
“This is wonderful news for us,” Thomas said. “We’ve always known that there’s such a great value and people graduate from Malone with significantly less debt than other private universities.”
Schools that make the list have the largest earning gap between their graduates and non-degree holders within a 30 year span. To be eligible, a school must be a fully accredited, four-year degree-granting institution, public or private, and yield a return on investment according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report.
This is the second year the list has been published and the first year Malone has made the list.
Top Regional Universities in the Midwest
Out of the 110 universities in the Midwest that are considered top tier, Malone was in a six-way tie for 42 on U.S. News & World Report’s top Regional Universities in the Midwest list in September.
“What’s exciting about our ranking with U.S. News & World Report this year is that we jumped up 18 positions in one year,” Thomas said.
U.S. News & World Report compiles the list of four-year and master degree colleges based on categories such as peer assessment, freshman-to-sophomore retention, alumni giving, and graduation rate.
This is the ninth consecutive year Malone has made the list. Malone was in a six-way tie for 60 last year.
2014 Military Friendly Schools
Out of 10,000 schools nationwide, Malone was one of the 1,868 schools that made Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list in September. The list honors colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military service members, veterans, and their spouses.
Malone has made a conscious effort to do this through its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is government funding awarding veterans and military personnel financial assistance toward their tuition.
“That’s our way of saying thank you for serving our country and this is how we can serve you,” Thomas said.
Malone is currently looking to other schools’ veteran and military services to see how they can improve the services offered here.
“You think of somebody that has served in the military and now they have this opportunity,” Thomas said. “Why would we not want those students to come here?”
This is the second year Malone has been named to the list.