Indiana Schools Receive High Marks in National Rankings

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Several colleges and universities in Indiana are ranked among the best in the country by a national publication. U.S. News and World Report rated nearly 1,800 schools based on factors including academic quality, value and range of programs. The Indiana institutions ranked on the publication's major lists are:

National Universities Rankings

16. - University of Notre Dame

62. - Purdue University--West Lafayette

76. - Indiana University--Bloomington

173. - Ball State University

194. - Indiana University-Purdue University--Indianapolis

National Liberal Arts Colleges

51. DePauw University

61. Wabash College

96. St. Mary's College

113. Hanover College

129. Goshen College

Regional Universities (Midwest)

2. Butler University

5. Valparaiso University

9. University of Evansville

26 (Tie). Indiana Wesleyan University

26 (Tie). University of Indianapolis

41. Anderson University

69. University of St. Francis

105. Oakland City University

Regional Colleges (Midwest)

1. Taylor University

6. Franklin College

14. Huntington University

16. St. Mary-of-the-Woods College

19. Bethel College

25. Marian University

27. Manchester University

28. St. Joseph's College

32. Trine University

46. Grace College in Winona Lake

You can view the full list of ratings, including sub-categories by clicking here.

Source: U.S. News and World Report

September 9, 2014

News Release

UPLAND, Ind. - For the eighth straight year, Taylor University is the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges in the newly-released 2015 U.S. News & World Report survey, America's Best Colleges.

The number one ranking also marks the 18th consecutive year Taylor University has been listed in the region's top three. Criteria employed by U.S. News includes graduation and retention rates, peer assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, alumni giving

Among the Midwest's Best Regional Colleges, Taylor ranked first in peer assessment score, freshman retention rate, and graduation rate. Additionally, Taylor received high rankings for its ability to attract freshmen from the top 25 percent of their high school class, alumni giving rate, and faculty-student ratio.

The rest of the top five included: Ohio Northern University, Augustana (South Dakota), College of the Ozarks (Missouri), and Dort College (Iowa).

Taylor University was also recognized in a companion U.S. News survey titled Great Schools, Great Prices, which compares the net cost of attendance for students receiving the average level of need-based financial aid with the school's overall U.S. News ranking.

"This newest number one ranking by U.S. News is a deeply-appreciated recognition of outstanding educational work performed by our Taylor University community," said Taylor president, Dr. Eugene B. Habecker. "From our students, faculty and staff to our administrative team, board members and alumni, everyone in the Taylor community holds a vital stake in what happens at Taylor University, and this honor is a salute to their efforts.

"The U.S. News rankings, as well as those from other publications - Forbes, Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Open Doors to name a few - reflect a comprehensive study of the educational work occurring at hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide. In each case, Taylor University is recognized and highly ranked for the fine education provided to more than 20,000 alumni who embody our mission to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth throughout the world, no matter their vocational calling. Thanks be to God."

A complete list of the U.S. News and World Report rankings is available online at www.usnews.com.

About Taylor University

Founded in 1846, Taylor University is an interdenominational liberal arts university of evangelical faith located in Upland, Ind. The 2015 U.S. News and World Report survey America's Best Colleges ranked Taylor the number one Midwest University in the category Best Regional Colleges. It marked Taylor's eighth straight top ranking and 18th straight year to be ranked in the region's top three.

Taylor University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Source: Taylor University

September 9, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Butler University is among the top schools in the country when it comes to its focus on undergraduate education and student success, says U.S. News & World Report.

In this year's "Best Colleges" edition, released today, U.S. News recognized colleges and universities that provide the best undergraduate educational experience. Butler was highlighted as one of the nation’s finest in five of eight categories: first-year student experience; internships; study abroad; service learning; and undergraduate research/creative projects. Butler was one of only two universities nationwide recognized in five or more categories, and was recognized in more categories than all other Indiana schools combined.

Butler President James M. Danko said recognition of Butler’s focus on student success is clear evidence of the University’s strategic plan at work. "Today's U.S. News rankings clearly recognize Butler University as a national leader in student-centered learning experiences," he said.

At Butler, students have the opportunity to combine a broad, liberal arts foundation with nationally recognized programs and countless experiential learning opportunities—from internships and study abroad to service learning and scholarly research. Butler’s focus on undergraduate teaching—with no graduate assistants—means that students will engage with full-time faculty from their very first day on campus, building personal relationships that will support them throughout their time on campus and beyond.

"And our approach gets results - by the end of their graduation year, 96 percent of the graduating class of 2013 were employed, attending graduate school, or involved in a gap-year experience," said Danko. "Outcomes like these are no accident - they are the product of our students’ hard work and dedication, our faculty's commitment to undergraduate teaching, and the unique experiential learning opportunities that Butler and Indianapolis provide."

For the sixth consecutive year, Butler was ranked No. 2 overall among Midwest schools, behind only Creighton University. Butler was also listed among the Midwest's "best value schools," and led the top-10 Midwest universities in several categories, including percent of freshman in the top quarter of their high-school class (81 percent), percent of alumni who support the university through giving (23 percent), freshman retention rate (90 percent), and percent of applicants accepted to the university (66 percent).

About Butler University

Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing six colleges: Arts, Business, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Together, these colleges offer more than 60 undergraduate areas of study, eight pre-professional programs, and 19 graduate programs. Around 4,700 students are enrolled at Butler, representing 45 states and 49 countries. Ninety-five percent of Butler students will have participated in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities. Butler’s overall placement rate for the class of 2012 was 96 percent, including 19 percent who went on to graduat