Xavier is ranked among the top 10 in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 14th year

Xavier is second overall and first in freshman retention and graduation rates | October 3, 2008

For the 14th year in a row, Xavier University ranks among the top 10 Midwest master’s-level colleges and universities, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings released today.

The 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” ranks Xavier number 2 among 141 Midwest colleges and universities. This is the third year in a row Xavier has received a ranking as second-best. Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, took the number 1 spot. Like Xavier, Creighton is one 28 Jesuit universities in the country.

“To receive a number 2 ranking for a third year in a row is a very proud moment for us,” said Xavier president Michael J. Graham, S.J. “U.S. News looks at such a wide range of factors, including student scores, alumni giving, freshman retention rate and graduation rate. I give credit across the board to our students, faculty, staff and alumni, for all contribute to achieving our mission to prepare students intellectually, morally and spiritually with rigor and compassion toward lives of solidarity, service and success.” 

New this year to the “America’s Best Colleges” report is the category of Up-and-Coming Schools. In the report, top college officials identified 70 colleges and universities in spring 2008 as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.

Xavier is ranked fourth in the Midwest in the Up-and-Coming Schools category, tied with Creighton University, Butler University in Indiana and Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio.

In all, the report ranks 572 colleges and universities in the master’s category in four geographic regions—North, South, West and Midwest—as they tend to draw students heavily from surrounding areas. These institutions provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. Xavier offers one doctoral program in psychology.

The magazine ranks the colleges and universities in 11 broad categories including freshman retention rate, graduation rate, and student-faculty ratio. Creighton was in the top spot in the Midwest with 100 points overall. Xavier earned 89 points and Valparaiso was third with 87 points.

However, Xavier ranked first for freshman retention with an 89 percent average rate. Xavier has ranked number 1 in that category in the Midwest for six years and is among the top ten in that category nationwide for masters-level schools.

Xavier also ranked first in the category of average graduation rate with 77 percent. And Xavier tied with Muskingum College of Ohio for top ranking in the category of average alumni giving at 27 percent.

Xavier also ranked high in the U.S. News & World Report analysis of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which looks at a school’s value based on academic quality and the cost to attend. Xavier was ranked 15th in the Midwest in that category.

A detailed report on scores may be found at the U.S. News & World Report web site at www.usnews.com. Highlights of the report will be published in the Sept.1 issue of U.S. News & World Report which hits newstands on Monday, Aug. 25. The complete guidebook will be available beginning Aug. 26.