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

Aaron Brown
September 13, 2017

In the category of best public schools, the University of California at Berkeley has been the top school for the past 20 years but this year shares the honor with UCLA.

This year is Northwestern's chance to boast if it wants to, rising to No. 11 after two years tied for the No. 12 spot with the California Institute for Technology.

"UB continues to invest in undergraduate education and student services - from our new undergraduate curriculum to our state-of-the-art Silverman Library - which have significantly enhanced the academic experience at UB", said Charles F. Zukoski, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

Parents and prospective students aren't the only ones watching the rankings. He also said increased alumni engagement has manifested in a doubling of the alumni giving rate over the past three years. A report this week by Politico revealed how the rankings create incentives for schools to game the ranking system by favoring wealthier students over less wealthy applicants. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal.

UW-Madison is ranked once again among the best public colleges or universities in the country, but the school dropped out of the top ten.

USC Aiken was ranked the best regional public college in the South, and the best regional public college for veterans.

UConn President Herbst says she hopes financial constraints won't stand in the way of UConn improving its national standings in coming years.

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The rankings focus on student outcomes - including graduation and retention rates - which carry the most weight at 30 percent.

Howard University became a more academically selective institution in 2016, accepting less than one- third of those who applied for admission.

Princeton University and Harvard University retained their No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. The incoming freshmen class had stronger SAT and ACT scores than the previous class. Five years ago, it was 58.6 percent, and 10 years ago, it was 49.7 percent.

The school's rise to the top of the public university rankings in the latest U.S. News & World report list could be seen as especially remarkable given the diversity of its student body, which is only about one-quarter white.

Howard University is a comprehensive research university as well as a premier HBCU. Yale came in fourth behind the University of Chicago, preventing an Ivy League trifecta. UC students earn a collective $65 million annually, working for more than 1,800 local, regional, national and global employers, including Apple, Boeing, Disney, Duke Energy, P&G, General Electric, HBO, Fisher Price, Nike, Kroger, Toyota, and NASA among many others.

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges.

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