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EIU Students 08/30/18 (10)

Students walk across the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston on Aug. 30.

CHARLESTON -- U.S. News & World Report rankings have been released, and Eastern Illinois University is tied for No. 5 in top public schools among universities in the Midwest region with the University of Michigan-Dearborn. 

Last year, EIU was  selected as No. 6 among the Midwest’s top public regional universities.


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The university also retained its status as the top Illinois public school on this particular list, although other state entities are on other lists in the rankings.

Eastern also tied for No. 38 among all colleges, public and private, in the region on a list of 172 schools. EIU is tied with the University of Indianapolis, St. Ambrose University, Aquinas College, Marian University, University of Michigan-Dearborn and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Other Illinois colleges listed above them including Bradley University, North Central College, Elmhurst College, Lewis University, University of St. Francis and Robert Morris University.

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On this list, Eastern ranks higher than University of Illinois-Springfield, which is listed at No. 50; Western Illinois University, which is at No. 53; and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, which is at No. 72.

Other state universities are ranked on bigger lists such as the ranked list of top national universities. Illinois State University is ranked No. 171, and Southern Illinois University is ranked No. 226. 

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EIU was also ranked No. 23 among 52 schools listed for the top colleges for veterans in the Midwest region. Other private institutions in Illinois like Bradley rank higher.  

According to the U.S. News and World Report, several factors are considered in ranking universities, including graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance.

Other factors that might play in college decision-making are not addressed in the ranking system such as location and the feel of campus life; the range of academic offerings, activities and sports; and cost, and the availability of financial aid.


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Contact Jarad Jarmon at (217) 238-6839. Follow him on Twitter: @JJarmonReporter

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