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Creighton Tops Again in U.S. News Rankings

Creighton Tops Again in U.S. News Rankings

For the fourth year in a row, Creighton University is No.1 in the U.S. News & World Report magazine rankings of Midwest Master’s universities. It is the ninth time in 11 years Creighton University has ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s “America’s Best Colleges” edition.

The graduation rate for Creighton students is among the top five in the region, and U.S. News & World Report lists Creighton as a “best value,” where students get the best return on their tuition investment.

Creighton’s academic reputation is recognized by presidents, provosts, academic leadership and peers at other universities in the region. The University received the highest score of all schools in the Midwest, 4.1 out of 5. Peer assessment is 25 percent of the total used in the rankings.

“Creighton’s No.1 ranking reflects the University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission to provide an exceptional learning and living environment that benefits students. It also underscores Creighton’s strong academic reputation due to our outstanding faculty members,” said Creighton President the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J.

“The rankings are a tool that validates who we are, but they only tell part of the story. Here at Creighton we are challenging ourselves to provide an education that develops the entire student in the Jesuit tradition, preparing them to be next generation of leaders of the world,” he added.

The formula used to determine which schools offer the best value relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, 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. Only schools ranked in the top half of their categories are included, on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically.

The U.S. News ranking category, Universities-Master’s, reflects the schools’ mission, providing a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs and, in Creighton’s case, doctoral programs. The criteria are academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Creighton also is cited as outstanding by other publications, including Money, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and Peterson’s Best 311 Colleges.

Posted: 8/18/06