Illinois State University has been ranked 4th among the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the Midwest category of the 2015 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Illinois State is the only university from Illinois ranked in the top five.

Washington Monthly rates institutions based on three criteria: social mobility, research, and civic engagement. The ranking also includes colleges that are doing the best job of helping students attain marketable degrees at a reasonable cost.

“Illinois State prides itself on its ability to provide students with an excellent education at an affordable price,” said President Larry Dietz. “At least one-third of our students graduate debt-free, and because of our generous alumni and other donors, Illinois State is able to offer numerous scholarships each year.”

In March of 2015, Illinois State was ranked 5th in the Midwest Best Bang for the Buck category of Washington Monthly’s book The Other College Guide: A Roadmap for the Right School for You.