Xavier maintains ranking as fourth best in the Midwest in annual America's Best Colleges issue

Xavier has highest graduation rate for fifth year in a row | September 10, 2013

Xavier continues its long-running streak being ranked among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities in the annual and highly anticipated rankings by U.S. News & World Report, which again awarded the University with the highest graduation rate among its peers.

In the 2014 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released Sept. 10, Xavier maintains its position as fourth overall among 108 Midwest colleges and universities and remains in the top 10 for the 19th consecutive year. Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., took the number one spot followed by Butler University in Indianapolis and Drake University in Iowa.

The publication ranks Xavier in a three-way tie for No. 1 for graduation with a six-year rate of 78 percent that exceeded a predicted 75 percent rate. This is the fifth year in a row that Xavier has led the field in graduation.

Xavier also ranked No. 2 among Midwest regional universities in its “Up-and-Coming Schools” category that looks at schools making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life, and No. 4 in “A-plus Schools for B Students” for schools that admit good students who have average GPAs. This year Xavier ranked sixth in alumni giving.

“We are once again honored to find ourselves in the top 10 and especially pleased to be at the top with two fellow schools in The Big East—Creighton and Butler,” said President Michael J. Graham, S.J. “I want to especially commend our faculty and staff for their efforts to uphold and advance the 'Xavier Way' of learning, reflection, integrity and achievement.

“At Xavier, we are driven by our commitment to the greater good and to the education of the whole person. This type of recognition tells us that we are achieving our goal, and forming students who will have a positive impact on our community and our world,” Graham said.

The magazine ranked nearly 1,800 schools in 16 categories this year, including tuition, graduation rate and average debt at graduation. Modifications to the ranking process this year included downgrading the significance of high school class rank because it is becoming less important to college admissions officers.

Each ranking category is assigned a certain weight based on importance, and schools earn points up to 100. Creighton, at No. 1, earned 100 points this year. Xavier earned 89 points.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on several key measures of quality. Peer assessment and graduation and retention count for 22.5 percent each. Faculty resources counts for 20 percent, student selectivity is 12.5 percent, financial resources 10 percent, graduate rate performance is 7.5 percent and alumni giving counts for 5 percent. A detailed report on the rankings and methodology may be found at the U.S. News & World Report website at www.usnews.com.