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

Among Midwest’s Best for Value, Veterans and Social Mobility

(LEBANON, Ill., September 13, 2021) — McKendree University once again ranks in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 “Best Colleges” edition, released on Sept. 13, 2021. U.S. News rated 596 participating institutions in the Regional Universities category nationwide. McKendree remains among the top third of the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, at No. 54. U.S. News defines this category as institutions that offer a broad scope of undergraduate and master’s degree programs. The rankings are split into four regions: North, South, West and Midwest.

Among Midwest regional universities, McKendree was also recognized for distinction in other categories, including “Best Value Schools” at No. 37, “Best Colleges for Veterans” at No. 23, and “Top Performer on Social Mobility” at No. 38,” up 20 spots from last year.

McKendree is also included for the first time nationally on the “Best Undergraduate Nursing Program” rankings. Universities are included and ranked in this standalone peer assessment survey if they have bachelor’s-level accreditation by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. In addition, these regionally accredited institutions must have recently awarded at least 35 BSN degrees.

“It’s great to be recognized by U.S. News as a top tier University, but we are equally proud of the personal connections that happen both inside and outside the classroom,” said McKendree President Daniel C. Dobbins.

The 2022 U.S. News “Best Colleges” guidebook examines how accredited four-year institutions nationwide compare among widely accepted indicators of excellence, assessing 17 measures of academic quality. Statistical measures of quality also include student-faculty ratio and the average federal load debt of graduates.

Over the past 37 years, the rankings have become a comprehensive tool for students and their parents in their search for the right college or university. The full 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings and data are now online at usnews.com/colleges.