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See How Indiana Schools Ranked In US News’ ‘Best Colleges’ List

By Eric Weddle, IPB News | Published on in Education, Local News
The University of Notre Dame ranked No. 18 in U.S. News and World Report's 2018 "Best Colleges" list released Tuesday. Here the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Golden Dome at sunset in 2013. (Credit: Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)
The University of Notre Dame ranked No. 18 in U.S. News and World Report's 2018 "Best Colleges" list released Tuesday. Here the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Golden Dome at sunset in 2013. (Credit: Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame)

Three Indiana universities made the top 100 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 “best” rankings for higher education institutions, released Tuesday.

The University of Notre Dame remains the highest ranked institution in the state — it tied for spot No. 18 in the “Best National Universities” category. That is down slightly – last year it held spot N0. 15.

The annual list is calculated using a mix of benchmarks to compare the “relative quality” of the institutions. Some of the indicators used include graduation rates, financial aid offerings, how many students remain at a college after the first-year and quality of the faculty.

In addition to the “best” overall rankings, the magazine ranks engineering programs and colleges in regions of the country.

Here is a look at the some of the Indiana rankings:

National universities
18. University of Notre Dame
56. Purdue University, West Lafayette campus
90. Indiana University, Bloomington campus
187. Ball State University
192. Indiana University-Purdue University–Indianapolis
Indiana State University was unranked in the top 300-school list.

Public universities
18. Purdue University, West Lafayette campus
39. Indiana University, Bloomington campus
99. Ball State University

National liberal arts colleges
53. DePauw University
65. Wabash College
68. Earlham College
101. St. Mary’s College
112. Hanover College

Regional universities in the Midwest
2. Butler University
4. Valparaiso University
9. University of Evansville
29. Indiana Wesleyan University
38. Anderson University
Indiana University-East was unranked in the top 300-school list.

Regional colleges in the Midwest
2. Taylor University
6. Goshen College
16. Huntington University

National engineering programs without a doctorate
1. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
14. Valparaiso University

National engineering programs offering a doctorate
8. Purdue University, West Lafayette campus

For the seventh year in a row, Princeton University sits atop the national ranking. The rest of the top five universities include: Harvard University (No. 2); University of Chicago (No. 3); Yale University (also No. 3) and Columbia University (No. 5).

The full list of “Best Colleges” and other rankings is at the U.S. News and World Report site.

Stephanie Wiechmann contributed to this report.