U.S. News rated 656 participating institutions in the Regional Universities category nationwide. McKendree remains a Tier 1 institution among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest, at No. 65. U.S. News defines this category as institutions that provide a broad scope of undergraduate and master’s degree programs and few, if any, doctoral programs. It compares universities to their peer group in the North, South, West or Midwest because they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states in the region.
McKendree University was also recognized among the “Best Value Schools” and “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the Midwest regional universities category. According to the U.S. News website, Best Value Schools are those which are “above average academically and cost considerably less than many other schools when the financial aid that they dispense, in the form of need-based grants and scholarships, is taken into account.”
To meet the Best Colleges for Veterans criteria, an institution must be certified for the GI Bill; participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or. for public schools, charge in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans; and have enrolled a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members in the 2017-2018 academic year.
The 2019 U.S. News Best Colleges guidebook examines how accredited four-year institutions nationwide compare among widely accepted indicators of excellence. Statistical measures of quality used to calculate the rankings this year were outcomes, faculty resources, expert opinion, financial resources, student excellence and alumni giving.
The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings have become a comprehensive tool for students and their parents in their search for the right college or university. The rankings are available at usnews.com/colleges.