Forbes ranks Xavier one of the best colleges in the nation in annual ranking of America's Top Colleges

The University is ranked 184 overall among 650 schools included on the Forbes list | August 8, 2011

Xavier is included among Forbes' listing of America's Top Colleges in its annual rankings released last week. Xavier is ranked 184 overall among 650 schools included in the report, 157 among private colleges, 36 among Midwest schools and 16 among best colleges with Master's degree programs.

The honor follows another ranking last week when Xavier was named one of the best 376 universities in the nation by the Princeton Review.

The Forbes study focuses on “the things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt.” The rankings of 650 schools—the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions—are prepared exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington D.C. think tank.

The rankings are based on five general categories: post-graduate success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates; debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate; and competitive awards, which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.

In addition to the overall rankings, the Center for College Affordability and Productivity also prepares a “value” ranking which takes into account the overall cost of each school as relative to the quality of the education provided.