Caldwell University is a U.S. News & World Report Best-Value School

Caldwell University is one of the region’s best-value schools in the North according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 college rankings.


Caldwell moved up to 14th place in the category of the best-value regional universities in the North from last year’s No. 18.   The university is also among the top 75 regional universities in the North overall, ascending eight spots from last year to No. 67. Caldwell came in eighth for most international students and 19th as a top performer on social mobility.


“While no single ranking tells the story of any institution, it is gratifying to know we have been recognized for our outstanding value,” said Dr. Matthew Whelan, Caldwell University’s president. “Our nationally and internationally accredited programs in applied behavior analysis, our incredibly high pass rates on tests such as the National Council Licensure Examination for nursing, and the availability of unique programs in art therapy and esports management are complemented by the generous financial aid and very affordable out-of-pocket tuition our students pay. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, as designated by the United States Department of Education, we look forward to reaching out and ensuring that all students, especially those underrepresented in higher education, are offered the opportunity to move forward with us.  All of this is backed by the promise of our core values of Respect, Integrity, Community and Excellence and our deeply held Dominican mission to graduate students who will pursue truth and contribute to a just society. I can think of no greater value than that.”


Caldwell University was also recently named to Money’s 2020 Best Colleges list.


This fall the campus has been transformed to be COVID-safe. Students are learning both in person or remotely in classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.  In particular, the Student Center gym was reconfigured for nursing students with safe in-person seating, large screens and new technology connecting students who chose to attend synchronously by a remote option.


For the new academic year Caldwell  welcomed over 520 incoming students, including 446 freshman representing 14 states and 10 countries. It was a record-breaking year with 4,976 freshman applications and 3,750 acceptances. Caldwell continues to enroll a diverse population of students with 68% of the incoming freshman identifying as students of color.


Earlier this year Caldwell University was formally recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education reflecting the growth in enrollment of Hispanic students at the university and the welcoming environment Caldwell has created for the students.


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