For the 16th straight year, Xavier University ranks among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today (August 17).
The 2011 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Xavier number three among more than 142 Midwest colleges and universities ranked by the publication in this category. Sister Jesuit University Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, took the number one spot. Butler University in Indianapolis was ranked number two. Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa also received a number three ranking. Xavier was also ranked number three last year.
This year, U.S. News & World Report designated National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges. Xavier is ranked under Regional Universities which was formerly known as “Universities-Master’s.” Regional Universities are sorted by geographic location. Xavier falls under the Midwest region. Institutions under the regional category provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but unlike national universities, offer few, if any, doctoral programs.
In specific categories:
- In the category of average graduation rate, Xavier was ranked number one in the Midwest with 78 percent.
- With an 87 percent average freshmen retention rate, Xavier was number two in that category in the Midwest.
- Xavier was ranked fourth in the Midwest in the category of Up and Coming schools.
- In the category of Strong Focus on Student Success Xavier was listed as a good school for first year experiences.
- Xavier was ranked number four in the Midwest in Strong Commitment to Teaching.
- Xavier is also listed as an A-plus School for B Students in the Midwest.
- Xavier was ranked number three in the Midwest in alumni giving at 23 percent.
U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on several key measures of quality. Peer assessment (25%), graduation and retention rates (25%), faculty resources (20%), student selectivity (15%), financial resources (10%) and alumni giving (5%). A detailed report on the rankings and methodology may be found at the U.S. News and World Report website at www.usnews.com.