Illinois State University remained strong in the recently-released U.S. News and World Report rankings, increasing in several subcategories while retaining the third tier ranking it advanced to in 2002.

According to figures released in August, Illinois State improved in the U.S. News subcategories of freshmen retention rate, six-year graduation rate, class size greater than 50 students, SAT/ACT scores and freshmen acceptance rate.

“University rankings are but one small measure of success, but they are signs that an institution is receiving national attention,” said President Al Bowman.

For a variety of University facts that contribute to rankings, take a look at the University Facts web page published by the Planning & Institutional Research office.