The U.S. News ranking has Xavier No. 2 among 141 Midwest colleges and universities, marking the third consecutive year Xavier received the second-best ranking behind fellow Jesuit school Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.
“To receive a No. 2 ranking for a third year in a row is a very proud moment for us,” said Xavier president Michael J. Graham, S.J. “U.S. News looks at such a wide range of factors, including student scores, alumni giving, freshman retention rate and graduation rate. I give credit across the board to our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”
Xavier ranked first for freshman retention with an 89 percent average rate—a position it has held regionally for the last six years. It is also among the top 10 in that category nationwide for masters-level schools. Xavier also ranked first in average graduation rate with 77 percent and tied for the No. 1 ranking in average alumni giving at 27 percent.
Xavier also ranked fourth among 70 schools in the magazine’s “Up-and-Coming Schools” list, which was based upon schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities. And it ranked high in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category, which looks at a school’s value based on academic quality and the cost.
The Princeton Review rating is also becoming an annual event for Xavier, as is the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance listing. Xavier was ranked No. 42 in the private college category. The feature ranks private colleges and universities that “exemplify outstanding economic values and an exceptional education.”