For the 17th straight year, Xavier University ranks among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today (September 13).
The 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Xavier number four among 142 Midwest universities ranked by the publication in this category. Sister Jesuit University Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, took the number one spot. Butler University in Indianapolis was ranked number two. Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa received a number three ranking. Xavier and Indiana’s Valparaiso University tied for number four.
U.S. News & World Report designated National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges. Xavier is ranked under Regional Universities, which are sorted by geographic location. Xavier falls under the Midwest region. Institutions under the regional category provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but unlike national universities, offer few, if any, doctoral programs. For the first time, U.S. News & World Report ranked for-profit universities this year.
Other Xavier rankings by U.S. News & World Report for 2012:
* Xavier is number one in the Midwest for average graduation rate with 79 percent. This is the third year in a row Xavier has had the top Midwest graduation rate.
* Xavier is ranked number five in the Midwest in strong commitment to teaching.
* Xavier is ranked number three in the Midwest in the category of up-and-comers.
* Xavier is tied for number three in the Midwest in alumni giving for the second year in a row.
U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on several key measures of quality. Peer assessment (25%), graduation and retention rates (25%), faculty resources (20%), student selectivity (15%), financial resources (10%) and alumni giving (5%). A detailed report on the rankings and methodology may be found at the U.S. News and World Report website at www.usnews.com.