2020’s College & University Rankings

(UNDATED) – With the first “early decision” college-application deadline looming on Nov. 1 and tuition costs have more than doubled since the 1980s, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its 2020’s Best College & University Rankings, in addition to separate rankings for colleges and for universities.

To help college-bound seniors choose the best schools within their states, WalletHub compared more than 1,000 higher-education institutions in the United States based on 33 key measures grouped into seven categories, such as Student Selectivity, Cost & Financing and Career Outcomes. The data set ranges from student-faculty ratio to graduation rate to post-attendance median salary.

Top 10 Colleges & Universities in Indiana

  1. University of Notre Dame
  2. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  3. University of Evansville
  4. DePauw University
  5. Indiana University-Bloomington
  6. Oakland City University
  7. Goshen College
  8. Wabash College
  9. Marian University
  10. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at some of the top schools and how each performed in certain metrics:

School Snapshot: University of Notre Dame (1 = Best; 15 = Average; 30 = Worst)

  • 1st – Admission Rate
  • 4th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 8th – On-Campus Crime
  • 7th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 1st – Graduation Rate
  • 1st – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: Purdue University-West Lafayette (1 = Best; 15 = Average; 30 = Worst)

  • 3rd – Admission Rate
  • 17th – Net Cost
  • 5th – On-Campus Crime
  • 4th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 5th – Graduation Rate
  • 4th – Post-Attendance Median Salary

School Snapshot: University of Evansville (1 = Best; 15 = Average; 30 = Worst)

  • 13th – Admission Rate
  • 9th – Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 17th – On-Campus Crime
  • 9th – Gender & Racial Diversity
  • 8th – Graduation Rate
  • 14th – Post-Attendance Median Salary
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