State Schools Considered Among 'Top Colleges'

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Eighteen colleges and universities in Indiana are included in a national publication's "America's Top Colleges" rankings. Forbes measured more than 600 schools on factors including student satisfaction, student debt and post-graduate success. Forbes says the list focuses primarily on return-on-investment.

Indiana schools rank as follows:

24. University of Notre Dame

92. DePauw University

97. Indiana University in Bloomington

106. Purdue University in West Lafayette

141. Wabash College

146. Earlham College

248. Valparaiso University

270. Saint Mary's College

273. Taylor University

276. Hanover College

303. Butler University

392. University of Evansville

402. Huntington University

476. Goshen College

544. Anderson University

558. Ball State University

593. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

640. Indiana State University

You can read Forbes' methodology by clicking here.

Source: Forbes

FOR RELEASE July 24, 2013

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — For the sixth year in a row, Huntington University has been listed among the "Top Colleges" in the country by Forbes. Out of the 650 schools ranked, HU was the only institution listed from the greater Fort Wayne area.

The rankings are based on five general categories: post-graduate success (which evaluates alumni pay and prominence); student satisfaction (which includes professor evaluations and freshman to sophomore year retention rates); student debt (which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates); graduation rate; and nationally competitive awards (which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright or go on to earn a Ph.D). The rankings are compiled for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

The rankings are available online at www.forbes.com/top-colleges.

Huntington consistently ranks as one of the top schools in the Midwest in national surveys. On its 2013 list, U.S. News & World Report ranked Huntington third among Indiana's elite colleges and 13th among all Midwest colleges. The Princeton Review also has named Huntington a "Best Midwestern College."

Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America's Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its "Best in the Midwest" list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Source: Huntington University