Butler, Purdue, Rose-Hulman continue college-ranking streaks

Butler University, Purdue University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology all maintained streaks in the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings, released Monday morning.

Butler was named the No. 1 regional university in the Midwest for the fourth straight year, as well as the Midwest’s most innovative school for the seventh straight year. It also took the top regional spot for undergraduate teaching and for best college for veterans.

Purdue placed No. 8 among the nation’s most innovative schools, the fourth straight year it has been ranked in the top 10 in that category. The university led all Big Ten Conference schools in that department.

For the 23rd year in a row, Terre Haute-based Rose-Hulman finished No. 1 among U.S. engineering colleges that are focused on bachelor’s- and master’s-level education. It also earned No. 1 rankings in academic department categories of civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

In the overall rankings, Princeton University in New Jersey took the top spot followed by Columbia University of New York and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Among schools in Indiana, the University of Notre Dame finished 19th in the overall rankings, Purdue was 49th, Indiana University was 68th, Valparaiso University was 172nd, IUPUI was No. 196, Ball State University was 202nd and the University of Indianapolis was No. 239. Indiana State University finished in the group of colleges lumped together from No. 299 to No. 391.

Purdue moved up from 53rd in the previous rankings and IU improved from 76th. Ball State jumped 82 spots.

Indiana schools in the regional university rankings included Butler (No. 1), University of Evansville (7), Indiana Wesleyan (19), Marian University (27), Huntington University (31), Anderson University (46), Bethel University (46), Trine University (69), University of Saint Francis (69) and University of Southern Indiana (88).

DePauw University was ranked 46th nationally among liberal arts colleges. Wabash College placed 57th, Earlham College was 92nd, Hanover College was 98th, Saint Mary’s College was 105th and Franklin College was 146th.

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