For the 17th straight year, Xavier University ranks among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today, Tuesday, Sept. 13.
The 2012 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Xavier fourth among 142 Midwest universities ranked by the publication in this category. Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., took the No. 1 spot, while Butler University in Indianapolis was ranked second, and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, was third. Xavier and Indiana’s Valparaiso University tied for fourth.
In past years, Xavier has ranked second and third, including last year when it tied for third place with Drake.
U.S. News & World Report designates schools in four categories—national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges. Xavier is ranked among regional universities, which are sorted by geographic location, and Xavier is in the Midwest region.
Institutions in the regional category provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but unlike national universities, offer few, if any, doctoral programs. For the first time, U.S. News & World Report ranked for-profit universities this year.
Other Xavier rankings by U.S. News & World Report for 2012:
• Xavier is No. 1 in the Midwest for average graduation rate with 79 percent. This is the third year in a row Xavier has had the top Midwest graduation rate.
• Xavier is ranked No. 5 in the Midwest in strong commitment to teaching.
• Xavier is ranked No. 3 in the Midwest in the category of up-and-comers.
• Xavier is tied for No. 3 in the Midwest in alumni giving for the second year in a row.
U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on several key measures of quality. Peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. A detailed report on the rankings and methodology may be found at the U.S. News and World Report website.