Blue is … success

Forbes Magazine has recognized Indiana State on its annual list of America’s Top Colleges for the fifth year in a row while Princeton Review’s list of Best Midwestern Colleges recognized Indiana State for the 12 straight year. Washington Monthly places Indiana State at No.1 for civic engagement for the third consecutive year.




Three widely followed annual rankings of the top national and regional colleges are out — and Indiana State University is once again included.

Forbes Magazine has recognized Indiana State on its annual list of America’s Top Colleges for the fifth year in a row while Princeton Review’s list of Best Midwestern Colleges recognized Indiana State for the 12 straight year. Washington Monthly places Indiana State at No.1 for civic engagement for the third consecutive year.

Only about 20 percent of the nation’s accredited colleges and universities make the Forbes list, which emphasizes the return students and parents receive from their investment in a college degree, while the Princeton Review bases its list largely on student surveys.

“As we prepare to welcome new and returning students for another academic year, recognition by Forbes and the Princeton Review can reassure families they’ve made a good decision in selecting Indiana State,” said university President Dan Bradley. “Each year, we make progress on a variety of fronts — improving our curriculum, upgrading facilities and refining programs that help students succeed while maintaining affordability. We are pleased to once again see independent verification of this progress.”

Forbes list focuses on “just one measurement: outcomes. From low student debt and high graduation rates to student satisfaction and career success, these outstanding institutions are worth it,” Forbes said in releasing its America’s Top Colleges list.

In including Indiana State on its list of 159 Best Midwestern Colleges — a 12-state region stretching from the Dakotas to Ohio — the Princeton Review said students chose ISU because of affordability but find “plenty more to love,” including caring professors and an emphasis on academics and school pride.

“Within students’ concentrations, the major-specific professors are wonderful and students find that professors don’t just lecture, they provide students with hands-on opportunities and individualized personal instruction,” the educational tutoring and test preparation firm said. “In concert with the unpretentious Midwestern setting, ISU undergraduates are down to earth and accepting of everyone as well as motivated and eager to learn.”

When it comes to civic engagement, Indiana State ranks No. 1 in the country among 279 national universities, according to Washington Monthly’s just-released 2015 college rankings.

The honor follows two straight years of No. 1 rankings for community service hours by students. Indiana State is also No. 20 in Washington Monthly’s overall rankings. That’s higher than any other institution — public or private — in Indiana or Illinois. The university is also in the top 20 percent of more than 400 Midwestern colleges and universities that the magazine says offer the “Best Bang for the Buck.”

“It is exciting to be considered the best in the country for the entire service category. It is also very gratifying to see Indiana State ranked 20th overall among all national universities for the impact we are having on our students’ lives and society at large,” said Bradley. “The Center for Community Engagement, under the leadership of Nancy Rogers and Heather Miklozek, and the entire campus continue to do great work. Their efforts are helping to improve our community and better prepare our students for productive lives and careers.”



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