September 9, 2015 at 1:15pm

Shilling Hall

Millikin University was recognized once again by U.S. News & World Report as one of the leading institutions in the country.

U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "Best Colleges" guidebook, released Sept. 9, ranks Millikin as the No. 10 Regional College in the Midwest. There were a total of 363 Regional Colleges ranked within four regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked Millikin as the No. 7 Best Regional College for Veterans in the Midwest. There were 721 schools ranked among the Best Colleges for Veterans across separate ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges.

"Millikin University is in the midst of exciting change and improving success in many areas," said Millikin University President Dr. Patrick E. White. "That Millikin has now moved into the top ten in our category in the U.S. News & World Report ranking is one more recognition of the excellence of a Millikin education and one more affirmation of the success of our students and alumni."  

For the majority of the 20-plus years that Millikin has participated in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" publication data collections, Millikin has been ranked in the top 18 or higher.

U.S. News & World Report's rankings are based on a number of factors including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity and financial resources. The rankings being released in this year's edition are based on information submitted by schools on various factors from multiple academic years.

"U.S. News & World Report's recognition of Millikin as a top ten institution in the Midwest is gratifying for multiple reasons, not the least of which is the outstanding work our faculty and staff do using Performance Learning as a vehicle for helping students gain knowledge and skills that will serve them for a lifetime," said Millikin University Provost Dr. Jeffery P. Aper. "It's important to note that these rankings have increasingly come to reflect less of the traditional 'reputation and resources' model of quality and more of the essential outcomes of education such as student persistence, graduation rates and success beyond graduation."

Dr. Aper added, "Effectiveness in helping students realize the full potential of their talents and abilities is the essential measure of institutional quality, and Millikin is rightly ranked among the best in this regard."

Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features Performance Learning, a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business, and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. Last year, 96 percent of Millikin graduates gained employment or admission into professional/graduate school within six months of graduation. More information is available at millikin.edu.

President White added, "Whatever success we achieve in external recognition is valuable for spreading the word about Millikin's excellence. Yet, Millikin never rests on laurels. In the spirit of our unique Performance Learning model, we work every day in every aspect of the University to perform our best imagination of the Millikin experience for each and every student."

The complete 2016 edition of the "Best Colleges" guidebook that profiles nearly 1,800 colleges and universities is available at usnews.com/colleges and will be on newsstands beginning Sept. 29.