Providing a personal, practical, and pertinent education that is a proven investment in your future is what we do at the University of Mount Union. The success and satisfaction of our students, alumni, and parents clearly illustrate that we are making good on this promise. And others agree about the return on investment on a Mount Union education. For 29 consecutive years, Mount Union has been ranked as a top university by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the University also has been recently cited by Forbes, Washington Monthly, and The Princeton Review’s Green Guide, in addition to garnering other national recognitions.
Rankings and Accolades
Rankings and Accolades
Colleges of Distinction
The University of Mount Union has been named one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. The annual process of selecting the nation’s Colleges of Distinction requires that institutions adhere to the “four distinctions” — engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. This process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience, general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures, and more.
U.S. News and World Report
This year, U.S. News and World Report ranked Mount Union 13th among regional colleges in the Midwest, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. This is the 29th consecutive year that Mount Union has appeared in this annual listing of the best colleges and universities.
Mount Union was ranked 49th in the nation among top baccalaureate colleges and universities in Washington Monthly’s 2019 rankings. According to Washington Monthly's website, schools in this category are ranked based upon their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
Mount Union was ranked among the top four-year, accredited private and public colleges and universities nationally by Forbes in its 2019 America’s Top Colleges ranking. Mount Union ranked is 593.
The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education
The University of Mount Union has been ranked among the top third colleges and universities nationally included in the The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. Among the nearly 1,000 institutions included in the ranking, Mount Union was ranked in the Top 50%.
The University of Mount Union was ranked in the top third in the nation for quality in College Factual's 2020 rankings.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 23% in the nation and 28th in Ohio among the Best Small Colleges. Niche also cited Mount Union as a Top Private University in America and among the Best Colleges in America.
Mount Union's accounting program was ranked #4 in Ohio, and #89 in the nation for best value in College Factual's 2019 rankings. The program was also cited among institutions with high-quality accounting programs.
Mount Union's biology program was ranked #2 in Ohio, and #38 in the nation as a best value in College Factual's 2019 rankings.
Mount Union's criminal justice program was ranked #4 in Ohio and #45 in the nation as a best value in College Factual's 2019 rankings.
Health and Physical Education
Mount Union's health and physical education programs were ranked #1 in Ohio and #26 in the nation as a best value in College Factual's 2019 rankings. They also were ranked #1 in Ohio and #20 in the nation as most focused programs.
Mount Union's management program was ranked #10 in Ohio and #32 in the Great Lakes region as a best value in College Factual's 2018 rankings. The program was also cited among institutions with the highest paid graduates.
Mount Union's marketing program was ranked #6 in Ohio and #53 in the nation as a most focused program in College Factual's 2019 rankings.
World Languages and Cultures
Mount Union’s Department of World Languages and Cultures was ranked #2 in Ohio and #63 in the nation as a best value in College Factual’s 2019 rankings. The department was also ranked #5 in Ohio as a most focused program. The department’s Japanese program was ranked #1 in Ohio and #17 in the nation as a most focused program. Its French and Spanish programs (romance languages) were ranked #1 in Ohio and #50 in the nation as a best value.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 31% in the nation and 18th in Ohio among Best Colleges for Business.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 23% in the nation and 10th in Ohio among Best Colleges for Education
Return on Investment
Mount Union has been ranked for as one of the "Best Colleges for Your Money" by Money Magazine for 2019.
Mount Union was ranked in Washington Monthly’s 2017 “Best Bang for the Buck” listing in the Midwest category. According to the organization’s website, the rating was based on “net” (not sticker) price, how well institutions do graduating the students they admit, and whether those students earn enough, after graduation, to pay off their college loans.
The University of Mount Union has been cited as one of the Best Colleges for the Money in College Factual's 2019 rankings. The University was ranked #15 in Ohio, #18 in the Great Lakes region, and #122 in the nation. The institution also was ranked #450in the nation in College Factual’s Best Affordable Colleges and Universities for International Students listing.
Educate to Career
Mount Union has been ranked for economic value by Educate to Career in its 2020 ETC College Rankings Index. This ranking quantifies and compares colleges’ and universities’ records for improving the labor market outcomes for students.
Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges
The University has been included in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges for six consecutive years.
Mount Union received a silver rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).
Arbor Day Foundation
The University has been cited for seven consecutive years with Tree Campus USA recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the institution’s commitment to effective community forestry management.
Mount Union has been ranked among the most environmentally-sustainable institutions in the nation in the Sierra Club’s 2017 Cool Schools listing.
Learfield Sports Directors Cup
Mount Union finished 18th in the nation in the final 2016-2017 Learfield Sports Directors Cup NCAA Division III standings as the highest ranked NCAA Division III institution in Ohio.
Mount Union was ranked in the top 9% in the nation and 2nd in Ohio among Best Colleges for Athletics. The institution was also ranked in the top 18% in the nation and 15th in Ohio among Best Colleges for Student Athletes.
Ohio Magazine has recognized members from the University of Mount Union faculty with its Excellence in Education Award including Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro, Dr. Jamie Capuzza, Sandra Ekstrand, Dr. Ronald Mendel, Dr. Peter Schneller, Dr. Robert Ekey, Dr. Patricia Boehm, Dr. Helen Muga, Dr. Scott Mason, Sharon Luke, Betsy Ekey, Dr. Jeffrey Draves, Dr. Mandy Capel, Dr. Grant Cook and Dr. Nicole Johnson.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 15% in the nation and 16th in Ohio among Best Greek Life Colleges.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 32% in the nation and 21st in Ohio among institutions with the Best College Food.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 34% in the nation and 19th in Ohio among Colleges with Best Student Life.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 39% in the nation and 31st in Ohio among institutions with the Best College Dorms.
Niche ranked Mount Union in the top 40% in the nation and 14th in Ohio among institutions with the Best College Campuses.
Niche ranked Mount Union 39th in Ohio among institutions with the Safest College Campuses.
The University of Mount Union has been ranked among the top 1% in the nation for gender diversity in College Factual's 2018 rankings. The University was ranked 14th of 2,692 institution’s ranked.
Mount Union has been ranked among the Safest Schools in Ohio, a listing produced by Background Checks.org
In Forbes’ 2017 review of the financial health of private not-for-profit colleges, Mount Union earned a B grade based on nine components in two categories – balance sheet strength and operational soundness – plus certain other factors including admission yield, percent of freshmen receiving institutional grants, and instruction expenses per student.
Grateful Graduates Index
Mount Union ranked 190 in the nation in Forbes’ Grateful Graduates Index, which ranks private, not-for-profit colleges with more than 1,000 students by analyzing media private donations and gifts per student over 10 years.