ENC Named One of "America’s Best Colleges"

February 5, 2007

Eastern Nazarene College has been named as one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report in their 2008 "Best Baccalaureate Colleges" category. ENC represents one of eight liberal arts colleges listed in the northern region in this category by U.S. News. Key criteria that give ENC an edge in the annual rankings are its small student to faculty ratio and small class sizes, as well as a high freshman retention rate. "ENC has a longstanding tradition of providing a supportive community that values both academic pursuit and spiritual growth," said Academic Dean Nancy Ross. 

This fall, ENC prepares to welcome an incoming freshman class in which 16% are eligible to participate in the college’s Honors Scholar Program. The ENC student body is characterized by its diversity, with a 24% overall diversity rate, the highest among U.S. Nazarene colleges. "Our diversity rate speaks to ENC’s commitment to multicultural understanding, one of our defining values," said Jeff Wells, Vice President for Enrollment. While sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene, ENC serves students from many Christian denominations. Its unique academic and religious atmosphere draws students from all over the United States and several foreign countries. 

ENC students enjoy a park-like campus within the urban setting of Boston’s South Shore, along with the unparalleled opportunities of one of the world’s leading academic and cultural centers. Graduates of ENC boast an amazing admittance rate into top graduate and medical schools and a 100 percent acceptance rate into law schools. 

Many of ENC’s faculty are active scholars within their fields, involved in research and publishing within peer-reviewed academic and popular journals, and several have established international reputations in their fields. Nevertheless, at ENC the faculty emphasis remains on teaching and mentoring students in a nurturing, spiritually informed, and academically supportive environment. With a solid reputation for cultivating redemptive people who seek to live lives of leadership and service, ENC is poised to embrace its next century of growth and achievement as an important part of Boston’s educational landscape. 

The exclusive rankings of U.S. News & World Report are published in the magazine’s annual ‘America’s Best Colleges’ guidebook and online at Using a proprietary methodology, the annual rankings represent the most comprehensive look at how schools stack up based on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence, and help consumers evaluate and compare data compiled from more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools.