McKendree is Among Top Midwest Regional Universities, Says U.S. News

2018 Best Colleges Edition Released Sept. 12

(LEBANON, Ill., September 12, 2017) - McKendree University once again ranks in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “Best Colleges” edition.

U.S. News rated 659 participating institutions in the Regional Universities category nationwide. McKendree remains a Tier 1 institution among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, at No. 73. U.S. News defines this category as institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs and few, if any, doctoral programs. It compares universities to their peer group in the North, South, West or Midwest because they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states in the region.

McKendree University also made the “Best Value Schools” and “Best Colleges for Veterans” lists at No. 44 and 45, respectively, among Midwest regional universities.

The 2018 U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook examines how accredited four-year institutions nationwide compare among widely accepted indicators of excellence. Statistical measures of quality used to calculate the rankings this year were first-year student retention and graduation of students; peer assessment; faculty resources; admissions selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance, which is the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who do.

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