For the 18th year in a row, Xavier is among the top 10 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report rankings released on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks Xavier number four among 142 Midwest universities ranked by the publication in this category. Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., maintains its first-place ranking, while Butler University in Indianapolis is ranked second and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, is third. Xavier tied with Indiana’s Valparaiso University for fourth place.
U.S. News & World Report ranks schools within four categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges. Xavier is in the Regional Universities category, which is further broken down into geographic reagions. Xavier is in the Midwest grouping. Institutions in the Regional Universities category are those that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but unlike national universities, offer few, if any, doctoral programs. Xavier offers 87 undergraduate majors, 18 graduate degrees and one doctoral program in psychology.
Other Xavier rankings by U.S. News & World Report for 2013:
• Xavier is first in the Midwest for average graduation rate with 78 percent graduating in six years. This is the fourth year in a row Xavier has had the top Midwest graduation rate.
• Xavier is tied for No. 3 in the Midwest in alumni giving for the third year in a row.
• Xavier is ranked second among Midwest schools in the category of 2013 Up-and-Coming Schools, described as those schools that are "making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, and student life."
Xavier is also included in the top five schools in the category of A+ Schools for B Students, described as good schools for students arriving to campus with more average scores.
U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on several key measures of quality. Peer assessment counts for 25 percent, as does a graduation and retention rate measure. Faculty resources count for 20 percent, student selectivity 15 percent, financial resources 10 percent, and alumni giving is at 5 percent. A detailed report on the rankings and methodology may be found at the U.S. News & World Report website.