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Dominican Listed in U.S. News & World Report's Top 20

Friday, September 12, 2014

Dominican University is included in the top 20 Midwest master's level universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report. The influential annual report has ranked Dominican in the top tier of master's level Midwest universities for the past 17 years. 

In addition, the publication ranks Dominican as the top value in the State of Illinois in the Best Regional (Midwest) Universities category and the top Illinois university on its "Best Colleges for Veterans" list. Dominican has been considered one of the publication's top 10 "Great Schools at Great Prices" in the Midwest region for the past decade. This recognition is especially important at a time when the cost of higher education and student indebtedness continue to be hot topics in the media.

"Our impressive U.S. News & World Report rankings, in both overall excellence and affordability categories, attest to Dominican’s commitment to students' success and persistence. It is rewarding that this influential publication consistently confirms Dominican’s efforts to provide students with a rigorous academic experience at an affordable price," said Donna M. Carroll, president of Dominican University.

The annual examination of nearly 1,800 accredited American colleges and universities, based on categories 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 factors to determine an institution’s rank, including peer assessment, SAT/ACT scores, student retention, student/faculty ratio, student selectivity, and alumni giving rate.

The rankings show that 87 percent of Dominican students receive some form of need-based financial aid. The "Great Schools, Great Prices" category only includes those schools in or near the top half of their U.S. News ranking category because the publication considers the most significant values to be among those schools that perform well academically.

Dominican University’s overall ranking was boosted by an impressive average freshman retention rate of 82 percent and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1, as well as a relatively high alumni giving rate of 19 percent.

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

In addition to the U.S. News & World Report, Dominican was ranked by Washington Monthly as one of the Midwest master's level universities offering the "Best Bang for the Buck." The magazine measures the number of students receiving Pell grants, graduation rates, loan default rates and net tuition. Dominican is also included in the 2014-2015 Colleges of Distinction guide as an excellent comprehensive liberal arts school.

Founded in 1901, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution offering bachelor's degrees through the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences and master's degrees through the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Brennan School of Business, the School of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work and the School of Professional and Continuing Studies. The university also offers a doctoral degree in library and information science.

For more information about Dominican University, please call the admission office at (708) 524-6800.


Jessica Mackinnon
(708) 524-6289