Marian University has been ranked 30th in the Regional Colleges Midwest category of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
“When I became president in 2001, Marian University was not ranked by U.S. News & World Report. Since our first ranking in 2007, we have jumped 22 places, from 52 to 30, illustrating that the dramatic improvements we have made are being recognized by others, particularly college presidents who are impressed by what we’ve accomplished. We hope the unparalleled rise in our ranking will help us continue to attract talented students who desire an education that will prepare them to not only secure challenging and well-paid jobs upon graduation, but also a rich and rewarding life,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said.
In the last year, Marian University moved three places from 33 to 30 in the Regional Colleges Midwest category, continuing the tradition of forward movement in ranking.
Marian University has undergone a stunning transformation in the past decade. The campus is dotted with new academic and athletic facilities. The old academic departments have reorganized into schools and revamped their curriculums. Undergraduate enrollment has more than doubled. The athletic department has added several sports, including football. At games, the new marching band and color guard rally the school spirit of both students and alumni. And a game-changing College of Osteopathic Medicine is scheduled to open next year.
“Our rapid rise in the U.S. News & World Report rankings has not been accidental. We are working hard not only to continue our tradition of academic excellence, but also to provide our students with exceptional opportunities. We are building Indiana’s first new medical school in more than 100 years. Our Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership is leading the way nationally by preparing K-12 teachers and principals to lead profound change in their schools. And, we are partnering with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology to offer Marian University students an Engineering Dual Degree Program. An education at Marian University gives students the strong foundation they will need to be successful after college,” said Thomas J. Enneking, Ph.D., executive vice president and provost of Marian University.
The Best Colleges report highlighted Marian University’s student-faculty ratio of 14:1, and the school has 66 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The report also gave Marian University high marks for financial aid. At Marian University, 85.8 percent of full-time undergraduate students receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $17,427.
To be included in the Regional Colleges category, a university must offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master degree programs, but few, if any, doctoral programs. The colleges in this category are ranked in four geographical areas—North, South, Midwest, and West.