Edwardsville, IL (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
U.S.News & World Report ranks Southern Illinois University Edwardsville among the best Regional Universities Midwest for the ninth consecutive year and among the top 15 public universities in that category. The listing is in the magazine’s “Best Colleges of 2013” issue that was released today and will hit newsstands Sept. 18.
SIUE moved up two spots overall in the Regional Universities Midwest category from 51 last year to 49 in this year’s rankings. SIUE remains 11th overall among public universities in that category. The U.S. News overall scores are based on the reputation of SIUE in higher education, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.
“We are pleased that U.S. News continues to rank SIUE as one of the top universities in the Midwest, and it is essential that we annually strive to improve in all areas,” said SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe. “We will continue to provide academic excellence at an affordable price and produce exceptional leaders for our community and region. Our distinguished faculty and talented staff provide the type of individualized attention and unique experiences that prepare SIUE students for career success.”
SIUE’s steady growth during the past decade has continued with a record 2,075 first-time freshmen enrolled for Fall 2012. Meanwhile, SIUE is in the midst of a nearly $300 million planned campus infrastructure update and construction phase, which includes construction on the Science Building, and the Charles and Mary Lukas Athletics Annex, along with additions to the Art and Design and Engineering buildings.
Regional universities are considered to have a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs, but few doctoral programs. The 625 universities in this category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographic regions (North, South, Midwest and West), because they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states.
The latest U.S. News rankings come on the heels of last month’s recognition by Washington Monthly that ranks SIUE among the top 50 master’s universities in the nation. In March, SIUE also was named by the Corporation for National and Community Service to the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, which is a list of colleges and universities demonstrating a commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.