September 18, 2023

ANKENY, Iowa–Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary moved up in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings to #32 in regional colleges in the Midwest, an improvement of 12 places in comparison to last year. The school also improved its ranking in social mobility to #3, up two spots from its 2023 ranking in the same category. 

For forty years, U.S. News & World Report has published its rankings of colleges and universities. Rankings reveal the strengths of educational institutions in specific academic disciplines and in broader categories related to student life and affordability. The goal of these rankings, according to U.S. News & World Report, is to help prospective college students and their families select schools that will best meet their needs. Within higher education, high rankings are coveted and considered crucial evidence of excellence and desirability. 

The rankings are determined by first classifying higher education institutions in one of four groups: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities, and Regional Colleges. Faith is classified among nearly 400 regional colleges, institutions that focus on undergraduate education and grant fewer than 50% of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. These colleges are further divided according to geographic region: North, South, Midwest, and West. 

After institutions are properly sorted according to type and region, analysts gather data from multiple sources and rank the schools according to categories that include graduation and retention rates, undergraduate academic reputation, financial resources per student, graduate indebtedness, and social mobility. Faith’s #3 ranking in social mobility underscores our commitment to providing students with significant financial aid assistance. Pell grants were awarded to 44% of Faith students in the 2022-2023 academic year. The average financial aid package per student for the same year was $14,432, and 70% of the Class of 2023 graduated debt-free. 

The bottom line is this: Faith offers excellent and affordable higher education. Dating back to last year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings, Faith continues to receive recognition for academic excellence and student satisfaction. Of course, you can read about these recent accolades at, but you really should come visit campus yourself and see all that, by God’s grace, Faith has to offer. 

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Note: October 2023. US News & World Report made a correction to their rankings, and FBBC&TS is now #44.