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

(LEBANON, Ill., September 9, 2014) — U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Colleges” edition continues to rank McKendree University in the top tier of Midwest regional universities.

U.S News rated 620 participating institutions in the Regional Universities category nationwide. McKendree remains a Top Tier 1 institution among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, at No. 69. U.S. News defines institutions in this category as offering a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s 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.

“While we are pleased with our score, it is impossible to compare institutions across the nation due to various size and educational approach. I am encouraged by the fact that McKendree’s reputation continues to grow across the country,” said Dr. James Dennis, McKendree University president. “These results continue to affirm that we offer a high quality education compared to other institutions in our region, including many that are considerably larger. We are proud to be recognized in this category along with other fine universities such as Creighton, Butler, Drake, Xavier and Bradley.”

McKendree is also included for the first time on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” this year.

The 2015 U.S. NewsBest 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. 9 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.