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Dominican University Leaps Eight Places in US News & World Report Rankings

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Dominican University is ranked #11 out of 165 Midwest master's level universities in the recently released U.S. News & World Report, an increase of eight places from last year's "Best Colleges" issue. While Dominican has been among the top 20 of Midwest regional universities for more than two decades, this year's achievement is the best in the university's history.

 U.S. News & World Report, widely considered to be the leader in its field, ranked Dominican as second best in the State of Illinois, only behind Bradley University. In addition, Dominican placed third among all Midwest universities in the "Best Value Schools" category for its academic quality as compared to the net cost to students.  Last year, 99 percent of all Dominican students with need received some form of financial support through the university.

This year's rankings formula emphasized outcomes and "social mobility." Dominican's increase in the rankings reflects its stronger than predicted performance graduating high numbers of low-income students.

"I am delighted and proud to see Dominican University excel across U.S. News & World Report rankings this year‎, indicating the critical importance of inclusive excellence in higher education today—that is, excellence that is accessible, affordable, outcomes-oriented, and anchored by quality teaching," said President Donna M. Carroll.

"US News' recent focus on social mobility ‎highlights Dominican's success retaining and graduating large numbers of first-generation-to-college students.  In 2017, Dominican was the only Midwest university, public or private, to receive a federal Title V grant to build capacity for such intentional student engagement.  

"As a small university in a dense and highly selective higher education market, it is nice to have our distinctive commitment to equity and inclusion recognized—and equated with excellence."

Other U.S. News & World Report categories in which Dominican exceled include "Best Undergraduate Teaching" and "A+ Schools for B Students."