Xavier University has been ranked No. 121 in the nation in “America’s Best Colleges,” an annual report by Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Xavier held the 196th spot last year and 225th the year before that. The report ranks 610 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of education, student experience and student success.
The study considers a good college to be one that meets student needs. It focuses on specific concerns of 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 report uses data gathered from a variety of sources. More than a quarter of each ranking—27.5 percent—is based on student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the web site RateMyProfessors.com.
Another 30 percent 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 17.5 percent is based on the estimated average student debt after four years. Another 17.5 percent of the rankings consider four-year college graduation rates—both the actual graduation rate and the gap between the average rate and the predicted rate based on characteristics of the school.
The final component to the rankings—7.5 percent—is based on the number of students or faculty (adjusted for enrollment) who have won nationally competitive awards like Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes.
Inclusion in the report is a sign of success in itself, according to its sponsors. “Whether they're in the top 10 or near the end of the list, all 610 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country,” Forbes magazine writes. “We review just 9 percent of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”
To view a breakdown of Xavier’s ranking, visit the Forbes web site.
The University has received many national accolades:
- Xavier was recently named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review for the seventh year running.
- Xavier ranks No. 3 among 146 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
- Xavier’s Williams College of Business part-time MBA program is among the best in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review and BusinessWeek.
- The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine rank Xavier among the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country.
- Xavier is ranked No. 1 in Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physicians.”
- Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has listed Xavier University No. 41 on its Top 50 Private Colleges.
- Xavier’s men’s basketball team is on Forbes magazine’s ranking of the most valuable squads among U.S. colleges.