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Illinois State makes national rankings for excellence and value

Illinois State University remains among the top 100 public institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, while Washington Monthly declared the University one of the top values in the Midwest.

According to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Illinois State is 98th among public universities across the United States. Washington Monthly placed Illinois State at 66th out of all national universities, and 15th in the “Best Bang for the Buck in the Midwest” category.

“Though we place more importance on people than statistics, our continued appearance on these rankings is another reminder of how we bring our values to life and within reach of students’ pocketbooks,” said Illinois State University President Larry Dietz. “The dedication to our values—such as teaching and learning, individualized attention, respect, and diversity and inclusion—emerge inside and outside the classroom every day, and adds to our culture of excellence.”

Illinois State maintains high rankings in subcategories of the U.S. News & World Report, with 37 percent of classes at fewer than 20 students, even with growing enrollment. The University’s graduation rate continues to be far above the national average.

U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on factors such as peer assessment scores from college and university presidents, provosts, and deans of admissions. Washington Monthly factors in an institution’s contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

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