Xavier is one of the best universities in the nation—again—according to Forbes magazine's annual ranking of "America’s Top Colleges." Xavier is ranked No. 220 overall, No. 174 among private colleges and No. 46 in the Midwest.
Forbes focuses on “The things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, high graduation rates and low levels of debt.”
The rankings of 650 schools—the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions—are prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington D.C., think tank.
The rankings are based on five general categories: Post graduate success (32.5 percent), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5 percent), which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore retention rates; debt (17.5 percent), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rates (11.25 percent); and competitive awards (11.25 percent), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.