The new US News and World Report college rankings have Illinois State University two notches higher than last year in the top 100 public universities category. ISU moved from 85 to 83 this year. Illinois State President Al Bowman says the rankings have an impact on potential students and their parents.
"To be ranked in the top 100 among public universities for the second consecutive year is a noteworthy accomplishment particularly in a soft economy, in a state that has been pulling money out of higher education."
ISU moved up four spots in the list of national universities, going from 160 to 156. Bowman says he's pleased ISU made gains in important sub-categories. He says the 85% freshman retention rate is one of the best in the midwest. The percentage of classes with more than 50 students enrolled is down to 11% and the acceptance rate is up 4 points. Bowman says that's especially impressive because the total number of 18-year olds choosing college is shrinking.
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