Illinois State named one of the best public universities in the nation

Camille Rivera
September 13, 2017

Overall, California Institute of Technology was the highest-ranking university in Southern California at 10th, with USC, Cal and UCLA all finishing in 21st place.

The University of SC climbed several spots, ranking 46th among all public institutions, and 25th among state flagships.

When considering only public universities, the UO ranked 43, and OSU ranked 73.

"The majority of our students will be the first in their families to graduate from college, and many will do so while working one or more jobs to help support themselves and their loved ones", Leland said.

Oregon State University clocked in at 145, down from 143 last year and 135 the year before that. From an academic standpoint, co-op, service learning, internships, career education and research are integrated into the curriculum with specific learning objectives.

For the second time in as many weeks, UCLA tops the list of US public universities in a prestigious ranking.

The 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report Best College also cited strong rankings for RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering and Saunders College of Business.

One finding among Alabama schools is that Samford University in Birmingham ranks first among regional universities in the South in the "best colleges for veterans" category, while the University of Mobile ranks first for veterans among regional colleges in the South. The school also ranks high on another list it would probably rather avoid. The calculation compares a school's academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Schools are ranked in four categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges.

KU's School of Engineering lost three spots, settling into a tie for 47th place among public universities. The university's graduation rate is a full 10 percentage points above U.S. News' predicted rate - a differential that ranks 11th in the nation.

The university has listed 1,000 universities in its Ranking 2018 like in the previous years and Tezpur University is placed in the 601-800 range. Over the past 10 years, UB has risen 24 spots in the rankings. The same trend is true for graduation rates.

Cody said those measures include graduation rates, affordability and student and alumni successes.

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