A new set of college rankings ranks the success of alumni. Alumni Factor is the first to use alumni data to grade schools based on how successful their graduates are in their careers and their lives. Xavier University was one of only 177 U.S. schools ranked and one of eight Ohio schools. The others in Ohio were Ohio State, Miami, Case Western Reserve, Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, and Ohio Northern.
Xavier ranked 90th overall and 7th among 20 regional universities. The ratings said: “This is an excellent school whose star is rising – and that elevation is well-deserved. Ranked an impressive 18th among all colleges and universities in the College Experience, Xavier grads are well developed on all fronts. Ranked 22nd in Preparation for Career Success and 29th in Immediate Job Opportunities, Xavier well prepares its graduates to succeed in a wide variety of fields. Couple that with strong social & communication skills (24th) and an intense academic experience (61st in Intellectual Development) laced with Jesuit values (9th in Spiritual Development), and the result is a happy (57th in Overall Happiness) and successful graduate.”
Most rankings today provide a view of what life is like as an undergraduate and give insight into who comes into the college. Alumni Factor says it is more interested in who comes out.
“Our aim is to understand how well a college or university actually develops and shapes its students, and what becomes of them after they graduate. We want to pierce the bubble of reputation to understand how graduates actually perform post- graduation – and hear what they have to say about the job their college did to prepare them.”
Xavier placed ahead of schools such as Columbia University and Johns Hopkins. It is one of 12 Jesuit universities ranked.