U.S. News Ranks McKendree in Top Tier of Midwest Regional Universities

Lebanon, Ill. — U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Colleges” edition ranks McKendree University in the top tier of Midwest regional universities.

U.S News rated 621 participating institutions in the Regional Universities category nationwide. McKendree continues to be a Top Tier 1 institution among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, at No. 68 of 137 institutions. U.S. News defines institutions in this category as offering a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs. Schools are rated against their peer group in the North, South, West or Midwest because they generally draw most students from within their own region.

“These results continue to affirm that McKendree offers a high quality education compared to other institutions in our region, including many that are considerably larger,” said Dr. James Dennis, McKendree University president. “We are proud to be recognized in this category along with other fine universities such as Creighton, Butler, Drake, Xavier and Bradley.”

The 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook examines how accredited four-year institutions nationwide compare among widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, class size, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News rankings have become a comprehensive tool for students and their parents in their search for the right college or university. The rankings are available online Sept. 10 at usnews.com/colleges.

McKendree University is also listed as a College of Distinction, one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys,” and a Victory Media “Military Friendly School” for 2014. To learn more about McKendree University, visit www.mckendree.edu.