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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Dominican in Top 20 Midwest Universities

Monday, September 11, 2017

Dominican jumped eight spots in this year’s prestigious U.S. News & World Report college rankings, to earn the No. 19 spot among 165 comprehensive universities in the Midwest. Dominican also was recognized as the No. 5 best value amongst regional universities in the Midwest, higher than any other university in the State of Illinois, in the publication’s important “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. The calculation assesses a school’s academic quality and the 2016-17 net cost of attendance for students receiving need-based financial aid. Dominican has been included in the best value category for more than 15 years.

“It is the integrated measure of inclusive and affordable excellence that delights me about Dominican's 2018 US News & World Report ranking. Faculty, staff and students did the heavy lifting and a top 20 spot is their reward. I could not be prouder---and more confident,” said Donna M. Carroll, president of Dominican University.

The annual examination of nearly 1,800 accredited American colleges and universities, based on classifications created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has become one of the most comprehensive tools for students and families considering higher education opportunities across the country.

The report measures several quantitative and qualitative factors to determine a college or university’s rank, including institutional peer assessment, retention, graduation rate, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, student/faculty ratio, and alumni giving.

The rankings show that Dominican’s peer assessment—the general perception of the institution’s overall quality—increased, as did the school’s graduation rate and percentage of full-time faculty. In addition, the university attracted a more academically talented student cohort in 2016, with an increase in average ACT scores and in the percentage of students who placed in the top 25 percent of their high school class. Dominican’s student/faculty ratio improved as well, to 11/1.

Dominican also was listed as an “A+ School for B Students,” a designation that indicates the transformational experience that many Dominican students have during their college experience.