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Dominican Excels in US News & World Report Rankings

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dominican University is considered the best university in the Midwest for ensuring the social mobility of its graduates, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The 2020 "Best Colleges" issue also ranked Dominican #11 out of 161 Midwest master's level universities. Dominican has been among the top 20 of Midwest regional universities for more than two decades.

U.S. News & World Report, widely considered to be the leader in its field, ranked Dominican as the Best Value in the state of Illinois, as determined by a comparison of its academic quality and net cost to students. The survey also listed Dominican within the top 15 Midwest universities for the quality of its undergraduate teaching.

The report's "Top Performers on Social Mobility" category, which is new this year, measures how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell grants—those whose annual family incomes range from $20,000 to $50,000—compared to the graduation rate of students who do not receive Pell grants. Dominican places a high priority on closing the equity gap in its student body, almost half of whom are first-generation-to-college and 99 percent of whom receive some form of financial aid.

"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.

"U.S. News' recent focus on social mobility ‎highlights Dominican's success with retaining and graduating large numbers of first-generation-to-college students. The university's new strategic plan, "A World of Difference," builds upon this success.

‎"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," Carroll said.

U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings on a system that evaluates a number indicators of academic excellence, including graduation and retention rates, assessment by institutional peers and high school counselors, student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources and alumni giving. ​

In addition to its achievement in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Dominican University is included in Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck" category, ranking #40 out of 372 schools in the Midwest; the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings; and Kiplinger's Best College Values survey.