Xavier Named to 2010 Forbes "America"s Best Colleges

| August 7, 2009

Xavier University has been ranked 196th in the country by Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), up from 225th last year. The CCAP ranked 600 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve.

According to the study, a good college is one that meets student needs. Focus is on issues which directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting and rewarding? Will I get a good job after I graduate? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree?

The staff at CCAP gathered data from a variety of sources. They based 25% of the rankings on 4 million student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the Web site RateMyProfessors.com. Another 25% is based on post-graduate success, equally determined by enrollment-adjusted entries in Who's Who in America, and by a new metric, the average salaries of graduates reported by Payscale.com. An additional 20% is based on the estimated average student debt after four years. One-sixth of the rankings are based on four-year college graduation rates--half of that is the actual graduation rate, the other half the gap between the average rate and a predicted rate based on characteristics of the school. The last component is based on the number of students or faculty (adjusted for enrollment) who have won nationally competitive awards like Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes.

According to the magazine, “If a school appears on this list at all, that indicates it meets a certain level of quality. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 4,000 college campuses in the U.S., and the CCAP ranks only the top 15% or so of all undergraduate institutions.”

For more information: http://www.forbes.com/2009/08/02/best-colleges-ratings-opinions-ranking-2009_land.html

Other Xavier Honors

  • Xavier was recently named for the sixth year one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.
  • Xavier ranks number two among 141 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Xavier’s Williams College of Business (WCB) Part-Time MBA program is 14th best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine rank Xavier 24th of the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country.
  • Xavier’s Williams College of Business is among the Best 296 Business Schools according to The Princeton Review.
  • Xavier tied for first with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physicians.”
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has listed Xavier University number 41 on its Top 50 Private Colleges.
  • Xavier’s Williams College of Business is ranked among the best in the nation in BusinessWeek’s fourth annual ranking of “The Best Undergrad Business Schools.”
  • Xavier’s men’s basketball team is on Forbes magazine’s ranking of the most valuable squads among U.S. colleges.