For the 14th straight year, Xavier University ranks among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today.
The 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Xavier number two among 141Midwest colleges and universities. This is the third year in a row Xavier has been ranked number 2. Sister Jesuit university, Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, took the number one spot.
“To receive a number two ranking for a third year in a row is a very proud moment for us,” said Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier University. “U.S. News looks at such a wide range of factors, including student scores, alumni giving, freshman retention rate and graduation rate. I give credit across the board to our students, faculty, staff and alumni for all contribute to achieving our mission to prepare students intellectually, morally and spiritually with rigor and compassion toward lives of solidarity, service and success.”
New this year to the America’s Best Colleges report is the category of Up-and-Coming Schools. 70 colleges and universities were identified by top college officials in spring 2008 as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.
Xavier was ranked fourth in the Midwest in the Up-and-Coming Schools category, tied with Creighton University (NE), Butler University (IN) and Baldwin-Wallace College (OH).
In all, 572 colleges and universities are ranked in the “Master’s” category in four geographic regions: North, South, Midwest and West-because, in general, they tend to draw students heavily from surrounding areas. These institutions provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. Xavier offers one doctoral program in psychology.
The magazine ranks the colleges and universities in 11 broad categories including freshman retention rate, graduation rate, and student to faculty ratio. Creighton was in the top spot in the Midwest with 100 points. Xavier earned 89 points and Valparaiso was third with 87 points.
In 2007 and 2008, Xavier also ranked number two.
With an 89 percent average freshmen retention rate, Xavier was number one in that category in the Midwest for the sixth year in a row and is among the top ten in that category nationwide for schools ranked in the Master’s category.
In the category of average graduation rate, Xavier also ranked number one in the Midwest with 77 percent. Xavier tied with Muskingum College (OH) for the number one ranking in the category of average alumni giving at 27 percent.
Xavier also ranked high in the U.S. News & World Report analysis of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which looks at a school’s value based on academic quality and the cost to attend. Xavier was ranked 15th in the Midwest in that category.
A detailed report on scores may be found at the U.S. News and World Report website at www.usnews.com.
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