DECATUR — Millikin University is No. 9 in the Midwest in the latest Best College rankings by U.S. News and World Report, moving up two spots from a year ago.

Millikin was placed in the Regional Colleges category, which was divided and ranked in four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest and West. Millikin was also ranked 33rd in Best Value in the report released Monday. The Midwest ranked 91 colleges.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was ranked No. 46 among all national universities, 20th for best college for veterans and No. 43 for undergraduate teaching.

Illinois State University was 91st among public national universities and number 171 overall that includes both public and private institutions. That compares to 83rd and 159th, respectively, last year.

Illinois Wesleyan University ranking was relatively unchanged in the listing of national liberal arts universities. IWU dropped one spot from a year ago, ranking number 72 this year.

“Illinois State University remains strong and stable, and the numbers show that people are aware of the excellent education we continue to provide,” Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said in a statement.

National universities, the category ISU and U of I are in, offer a range of bachelors, master's and doctoral degrees and emphasize research, said the magazine. National liberal arts colleges focus on undergraduate education and award at least half their degrees in liberal arts fields.

Eastern Illinois University, which reported strong enrollment growth last week, was 38th among regional universities in the Midwest. EIU said its overall enrollment has increased 7.1 percent compared to a year ago.

The magazine's rankings are based on factors such as student retention, student-to-faculty ratio, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rates as well as assessment scores from high school counselors, college and university presidents, provosts and deans of admissions.

This story will be updated.

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