For the 15th year in a row, Xavier University ranks among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released today.
The 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Xavier number three among 146 Midwest colleges and universities ranked by the publication. Sister Jesuit university Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., 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.
In specific categories:
• With an 88 percent average freshman retention rate, Xavier ranked first in the Midwest for the seventh year in a row.
• In the category of average graduation rate, Xavier was also ranked number one in the Midwest with 78.3 percent.
• Xavier was ranked number two in the Midwest in the category of "Up and Coming Schools."
• In the category of "Academic Programs" to look for in the Midwest, Xavier was listed for the quality of its first-year experiences and service learning.
• Xavier was ranked number six in the Midwest in "Best Undergraduate Teaching."
• Xavier was ranked number two in the Midwest in "Alumni Giving" at 25.6 percent.
According to U.S. News & World Report:
“While every institution claims to be student-centered, few are as committed to individual attention as Xavier University. As a Jesuit institution, the Cincinnati school stresses academic rigor, service to others, and teaching. Yet what separates Xavier is its focus on the individual and the sense of community on campus. Need to meet your professor outside of class time and office hours? No problem. Want help with a roommate, a bill or registration? There's an office devoted to handling any need. These are some of the reasons why Xavier ranks among comprehensive universities as one of the national leaders in student retention.”