Xavier University is ranked 196th in the Forbes magazine list of "America's Best Colleges." The rankings, which are doing in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), look at 600 undergraduate institutions nationwide based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve. Xavier was ranked 225th last year.
“If a school appears on this list at all, that indicates it meets a certain level of quality," the magazine reports. "According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 4,000 college campuses in the U.S., and the CCAP ranks only the top 15 percent or so of all undergraduate institutions.”
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 staff at CCAP gathered data from a variety of sources.
They base 25 percent of the rankings on 4 million student evaluations of courses and instructors, as recorded on the web site RateMyProfessors.com.
Another 25 percent 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 20 percent is based on the estimated average student debt after four years. One-sixth 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 is based on the number of students or faculty (adjusted for enrollment) who have won nationally competitive awards like Rhodes Scholarships or Nobel Prizes.
To learn more about the rankings, visit the magazine's web site.
The rankings add to an extensive list of honors the University has accumulated this year, including:
Xavier is ranked as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.
Xavier ranks No. 2 among 141 Midwest colleges and universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
The Williams College of Business part-time MBA program is ranked 14th best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine rank Xavier 24th of the top schools for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the country.
The Williams College of Business is ranked among the "Best 296 Business Schools" according to The Princeton Review.
Xavier tied for first with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Modern Healthcare’s “Top Business Graduate Schools for Physicians.”
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance lists Xavier No. 41 on its "Top 50 Private Colleges."
The Williams College of Business is ranked among the best in the nation in BusinessWeek’s 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.