Xavier University is one of the best in the nation according to Forbes annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges. Xavier is ranked 184 overall, 157 among private colleges, 36 in the Midwest and 16 in best Master’s colleges.
This honor comes on the heels of another ranking earlier this week when Xavier was named as one of the best 376 universities 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% of all undergraduate institutions – are exclusively prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington D.C. think tank.
The rankings are based on five general categories: Post Graduate success (30%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence, Student Satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates, Debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates, Four Year Graduation Rate (17.5%) and Competitive Awards (7.5%), 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 CCAP also prepares a “value” ranking which takes into account the overall cost of each school as relative to the quality of the education provided.