U.S. News & World Report ranks Lewis University in Top 25 in the Midwest

Samantha Carlson, Co-News Editor

Lewis University has been ranked No. 23 in the Midwest Regional Universities report by U.S. News & World Report.

The ranking moved Lewis up one spot when compared to last year’s report. Their overall score was a 68 on a scale of 100, resulting in a tie with Webster University in St. Louis.

The main factors in determining the rankings were based on graduation rate performance, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni donations.

The university collectively and continuously works hard to create an environment where students want to succeed, and do succeed, creating a higher graduation rate which helped them move up another spot on the report. In 2017, there was an increase in graduation rates, average alumni donations and higher academically skilled freshman class that assisted in the increased score.

“I think it is a testament to our students, faculty and staff who work really hard together. When they come into class, their club or organization, they really find Lewis to be a place that means a lot to them,” said President Dr. David Livingston. “They are learning what they want to learn and turning it into something useful. At the end of the day, those rankings are boiled down to a lot of key metrics that are about our ability to deliver an education in which students find what they want.”

Lewis also ranked 15th on the list of Best Colleges for Veterans in the Midwest. To qualify for this ranking, universities must take part in federal initiatives that help veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

The methodology in determining the ranking for this category is based on whether a university is a partner in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which allows veterans to choose over 100 different programs at Lewis free of tuition. Also, the university must be certified for the GI Bill, have a minimum of 20 veterans and active service members enrolled in the previous academic year and be in the top half of its U.S. News ranking category.

“I think the people who work with our veterans come out of the service themselves and they know what veterans are looking for in terms of programs, and they go out of their way over and above to make people feel at home,” Livingston said. “I think for us to be in the top 15 shows the significant investment that are employees are making. For us to be able to provide an experience in which veterans say, ‘this is a really good place,’ is really a great thing.”

Livingston remains grateful that Lewis made these lists, regarding the rankings as a significant honor which he hopes continues well into the future.