Illinois State University remained in the top 200 schools in the nation while advancing in several subcategories, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings released Tuesday.
In the report, Illinois State is ranked 160 under the “Best National Universities” category that includes 280 American universities offering a wide range of undergraduate degrees as well as master’s and doctoral degrees. Of the 280 universities, only 202 institutions are ranked in the publication. Among public universities, Illinois State ranks 85.
According to the report, the University rose in several areas, including graduation rates that jumped from 69 percent in the last year’s ranking to 71 percent this year. Also rising is the percentage of smaller classes. The report notes 32 percent of classes are 20 students or under, up from 31 percent last year.
“Any rankings system conveys only a small piece of the Illinois State picture,” said President Al Bowman. “As always, we will continue to make progress in areas that are closely connected to our core teaching and learning values.”
U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on academic quality and excellence. Factors include an undergraduate academic reputation index that is guided by information from high school counselors as well as college and university presidents, provosts and deans. Other factors include student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.
For additional information, contact Jay Groves, assistant to the president, at (309) 838-2458.