New College Rankings Give High Marks to Elmhurst

September 13, 2018 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Elmhurst College continues to rank as one of the best colleges in the Midwest for academic excellence, educational value and a variety of other factors, according to recent rankings by several national organizations.

The rankings come at a time when the College is enjoying a second year of record-setting enrollments. This year’s incoming class of undergraduates is the largest and most geographically diverse in the College’s 147-year history.

Focusing on academic excellence, U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings evaluate schools using up to 16 measures of academic quality. This year, U.S. News updated the Best Colleges methodology to further emphasize student outcomes. Elmhurst College ranked in the top 20 in four categories: Best Regional Universities, Best Value Schools, Best Colleges for Veterans, and Best Undergraduate Teaching.

Money created its list by first identifying the nation’s 727 best-performing colleges and universities, then ranked each school on educational quality, affordability and outcomes to “find the country’s best values.” Outcomes are based in large part on graduates’ earnings, adjusted for factors including expected salaries for alumni of particular programs. Affordability takes into account such factors as tuition, grant and scholarship support, and student debt. Elmhurst ranked in the top 20 colleges and universities in Illinois.

Elmhurst ranks among the top 14 schools in Illinois in Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges 2018 list. The Forbes list ranks the nation’s 650 top colleges on how well they prepare students for life after college, evaluating how likely students are to find success, earn a stable income and become leaders. With rankings covering public schools and private not-for-profits, the rankings examine everything from alumni salaries and debt to graduation rate and number of alumni leaders.

The College ranks at No. 13 in’s 2019 Best Value Colleges in Illinois, which examines affordability and ROI through data such as net price, alumni earnings, graduation rates and student debt. One hundred percent of Elmhurst students responding to an online poll at expressed confidence in their ability to find a job in their field after graduation.

For the 15th year in a row, Elmhurst appears on Princeton Review’s list of “Best Midwestern” colleges. The 2019 list includes colleges in five geographic zones that the publication considers “academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.” The Princeton Review creates its best college lists by surveying around 140,000 students nationwide with questions about academics, campus life, career services and more.

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