University of Evansville has been named the sixth best college in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges Rankings. UE rose one spot overall this year and has appeared in the top 10 for more than a decade.
UE was also recognized for success in its engineering and business programs, commitment to undergraduate teaching, its work with veterans and international students, and for study abroad and social mobility.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science at UE has moved up six spots over last year and was recognized as the #19 best engineering school among small private institutions in the country.
The Schroeder School of Business was named the #4 best undergraduate business school in the country among small private institutions. UE’s accounting program was ranked #3, and finance was ranked #2 among small private colleges.
For the first time this year, UE was recognized as one of the best schools for undergraduate teaching. Schools ranked in this category are chosen for having “faculty with an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.”
“The outstanding dedication of our faculty is no secret to our students,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz. “UE professors are exceptionally devoted to student success, so it is particularly exciting to be recognized nationally for this commitment.”
The University was also recognized as the #5 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest and a Top Midwest school for International Students.
Additionally, UE was highlighted in the category, Best Study Abroad Programs to Look For. The methodology for this category states that “study abroad programs at these schools involve substantial academic work abroad for credit – a year, a semester, or an intensive experience equal to a course – and considerable interaction with the local culture.
“To be recognized on a national level in so many categories directly speaks to the caliber of the UE education and experience,” said Shane Davidson, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “We are particularly proud of the study abroad ranking, as our program at Harlaxton College is a cornerstone of the UE experience for so many of our students.”
When studying abroad at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, UE students live alongside faculty members in a unique learning environment and are immersed in the local culture through the Meet-a-Family program. Financial aid packages also travel along with students to Harlaxton, making a semester abroad within reach for UE students of any major.
UE was also recognized as a top performing Midwest school for social mobility. This category “measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.” Pell Grant recipients typically come from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually, though most Pell Grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are designed to help prospective students and their families evaluate college choices. The Best Colleges rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2019 guidebook, on newsstands later this month.