For the fourth consecutive year, Butler University has been ranked the No. 1 “Up and Coming” school in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges. This ranking recognizes Butler’s efforts to make “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities.”
Butler ranks No. 2 overall among Midwest Regional Universities, marking its fifth year in this position and 25th year in the top 10 for this category.
In other categories, Butler finished fourth among Midwest regional universities for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and was named one of 31 universities nationwide whose study abroad program contributes significantly to student success. Butler also was listed ninth among Midwest regional universities as a “Best Value School.”
Among top 10 Midwest schools, Butler had the best student-faculty ratio, 11:1. Butler also had the highest alumni giving rate among all Midwest regional universities, 23 percent.
“The findings by U.S. News & World Report underscore Butler’s standing as a world-class institution,” President James M. Danko said. “Our faculty is engaged in innovative teaching, we equip our students to be citizens of the world, and we deliver academic excellence at a great value for students and their families. We will continue to build on this success.”
The order of top 10 Regional Universities Midwest schools for 2013 is: Creighton; Butler; Drake; Xavier; Bradley; Valparaiso; John Carroll; Drury; University of Evansville; and Truman State.
To be included in the Regional Universities category, a university must offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. The universities in this category are ranked in four geographical areas—North, South, Midwest and West.
There are 110 schools ranked in the Midwest, as well as 37 unranked and listed as “second tier.”