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Wisconsin Lutheran College prepares students for lives of Christian leadership. WLC is known for academic excellence and a Christ-centered student experience, with courses taught by Christian faculty. The college is annually ranked as one of America's best colleges by multiple organizations.

  • U.S. News & World Report

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    For 2018, U.S. News & World Report rates Wisconsin Lutheran College as one of the Top 20 Colleges in the Midwest. Schools in this category focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

    WLC is ranked 14th in the Midwest on the U.S. News Best Value Schools list for 2018. According to U.S. News: "The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically." includes Wisconsin Lutheran College on its 2017 list of America's Top Colleges, compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). The CCAP ranks 650 undergraduate institutions, focusing on student satisfaction, graduation rates, career success, and student debt. 

    Money Magazine

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is included in the list of Best Colleges for Your Money 2017, published by MONEY Magazine. WLC is the highest-ranked private college in the state of Wisconsin. More than 700 schools were included in the rankings, which combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success.

    Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is included in the 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. The WSJ/THE College Rankings is a pioneering ranking of U.S. colleges and universities that focuses on student success and learning.

    Among other things, the ranking values schools that focus their spending on classroom instruction, and rewards both teaching and research excellence. It also places an emphasis on student outcomes. Fourteen performance indicators were used to answer the questions that matter the most when choosing a college, such as:

    • Does the school have sufficient resources to teach me properly and have a good academic reputation?
    • Will I be engaged and challenged by my teacher and classmates?
    • What type of campus community is there? 
    • How likely am I to graduate and get a good job?

    Washington Monthly

    In 2017, Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked 71st in the nation by Washington Monthly in the category of National Universities-Bachelor's. The list rates schools based on three categories: social mobility, research, and service.

    WLC also is listed by Washington Monthly as a Best Bang for Your Buck in the Midwest. This ranking lists schools where students can attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. 

    America's Smartest Colleges

    Business Insider included Wisconsin Lutheran College on its 2016 list of America's 610 Smartest Colleges. According to Business Insider, the methodology used the schools' reported SAT and ACT scores for first-year, degree-seeking students.

    Best Colleges for the Money

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    College Factual included Wisconsin Lutheran College on its 2018 list of Best Colleges for the Money. According to College Factual, WLC ranks in the Top 150 in the nation among colleges that deliver a great education compared to their cost. A total of 1,325 schools were included on this list.

    Best Colleges - Online Degree

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked 13th in the nation on the list of Best Online Bachelor's in Business Administration. WLC's Adult Accelerated Program enables students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Leadership by taking classes online or on campus.

    Best Value Schools

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    In 2015, Wisconsin Lutheran College was named a Best Value School in the state of Wisconsin. The ranking was created using National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator and PayScale data to identify the schools based on graduation rate, net price, acceptance rate and a 20-year net return on investment.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College ranked tenth in the state and fourth among private colleges. Best Value Schools helps students find schools and degree programs that can provide the most available financial aid and assistance, the greatest support and service, the highest return on investment, and the best overall value.


    College Consensus

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    Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked seventh in the state for 2017-2018 by College Consensus, which averaged the latest results from college ranking systems with student review scores from around the web to produce a rating for each school. 

    Colleges of Distinction/Christian Colleges of Distinction

    Wisconsin Lutheran College has been named a "College of Distinction" and a "Christian College of Distinction" for 2017-2018.

    Colleges of Distinction is a college guide with a unique approach. Instead of looking for the richest or the most famous schools, they ask: Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed.

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     For 2017-2018, WLC was named a College of Distinction - Business, College of Distinction - Education, and College of Distinction - Nursing.

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    Colleges with the Best Professors

    Using statistics compiled for Forbes' top-college rankings, CBS MoneyWatch released its "25 Colleges with the Best Professors" list in 2013. WLC ranks 12th out of 650 schools evaluated and is the only Wisconsin school to appear in the top 25.

    Top-scoring schools were largely liberal arts colleges, including WLC, which can be attributed to small class sizes and individualized attention from professors whose primary focus is teaching. The complete article by education writer Lynn O'Shaughnessy is available here.


    ETC College Rankings Index

    Rankings-ETC College Index logoWisconsin Lutheran College is ranked 50th in the nation in the 2017 outcome-based ETC College Rankings Index, produced by the nonprofit Educate to Career, and is listed as a 2017 Top 100 Best Value College. The list was developed to enable students to identify schools that provide a quality education with proven career placement records at the lowest possible cost.

    Niche Top Colleges

    Niche offers college rankings based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of student and alumni reviews.

    For 2017-2018, Wisconsin Lutheran College is rated as the top Christian college in the state of Wisconsin and is #2 in the rating of best college dorms in the state. WLC's residence halls are rated 40th in the nation.

    View the complete list of WLC's Niche rankings.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College is ranked among the best colleges for homeschool graduates by The site identified three key features that meet the needs of a homeschool graduate: Christian education, socio-political conservatism, and science and faith integration.

    According to "Prioritizing leadership, ministry, and one-on-one mentoring by professors, Wisconsin Lutheran College is more than a school, it's a leadership garden."


    Top Conservative Colleges

    Young America's Foundation lists institutions that offer a conservative experience for students. Wisconsin Lutheran College is included on the foundation's list of  Top Conservative Colleges. The list features institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining, and strengthening the conservative values of their students.

    Wisconsin Lutheran College also was named to Newsmax's list of  40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values.