Xavier University Named to 2011 Forbes' America's Best Colleges

| August 11, 2010

Xavier University continues to rise steadily and has been ranked 121th in the country by Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP). That is up from 196th last year and 225th the year before that. The CCAP ranked 610 undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve.

According to the study, a good college is one that meets student needs. Focus is on issues which directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting and rewarding? Will I get a good job after I graduate? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree?

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), in conjunction with Forbes, use 11 factors in compiling these rankings, each of which falls into one of five general categories, and gather data from a variety of sources.

They based 27.5% of the rankings on student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the website RateMyProfessors.com. Another 30% is based on post-graduate success, equally determined by enrollment-adjusted entries in Who's Who in America, and by a new metric, the average salaries of graduates reported by Payscale.com. An additional 17.5% is based on the estimated average student debt after four years. Another 17.5% of the rankings are based on four-year college graduation rates--half of that is the actual graduation rate, the other half the gap between the average rate and a predicted rate based on characteristics of the school. The last component (7.5%) is based on the number of students or faculty (adjusted for enrollment) who have won nationally competitive awards like Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes.

According to the magazine, “Whether they're in the top 10 or near the end of the list, all 610 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country: We review just 9% of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard.”
For more information: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2010/94/best-colleges-10_Xavier-University_94567.html.

Other Xavier Honors

  • Xavier was recently named for the seventh year one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.
  • Xavier ranks number three among 146 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
  • Xavier’s Williams College of Business (WCB) Part-Time MBA program is among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine rank Xavier among the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country.
  • Xavier’s Williams College of Business is among the Best Business Schools according to The Princeton Review.
  • Xavier's Master of Health Services Administration is first in Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physicians.”
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has listed Xavier University number 41 on its Top 50 Private Colleges.
  • Xavier’s Williams College of Business is ranked among the best in the nation in BusinessWeek’s fourth annual ranking of “The Best Undergrad Business Schools.”
  • Xavier’s men’s basketball team is on Forbes magazine’s ranking of the most valuable squads among U.S. colleges.