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Forbes Ranks IUPUI as 8th Best Public College in Midwest


November 20, 2009

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IUPUI is ranked eighth among the 10 best public colleges in the Midwest.

That's the conclusion of a ranking of America’s Best Colleges compiled by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), which ranks U.S.-based undergraduate institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experience of their students, and how much they achieved.

According to Forbes, while some college rankings are determined largely by reputation, its rankings emphasize the quality of students a school graduates, as opposed to the quality of students it admits. To construct the list, the staff at CCAP based 25% of the rankings on student satisfaction with their course instruction; 25% on indicators of post-graduate employment success; 20% on the estimated average four-year student loan debt; 16.67% on the likelihood that students graduate within four years; and 13.33% on student and faculty success in winning nationally and internationally competitive academic and research awards.

Only a few schools can rank near the very top of its list, Forbes says, but if a college appears on the rankings at all, that indicates it provides a high-quality education. According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are more than 4,000 college campuses in the U.S., and the CCAP ranks only the top 15% or so of all undergraduate institutions across the U.S.

IUPUI placed 404th out of 600 colleges ranked on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Colleges.