NORMAL — Illinois State University remains among the top 100 public institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report, while Washington Monthly declared the university one of the top values in the Midwest, ISU said in a statement Monday morning.

U.S. News & World Report ranked ISU as 98th among public universities across the United States. Washington Monthly placed ISU at 66th out of all national universities, and 15th in the “Best Bang for the Buck in the Midwest” category.

“Though we place more importance on people than statistics, our continued appearance on these rankings is another reminder of how we bring our values to life and within reach of students’ pocketbooks,” ISU President Larry Dietz said in the statement. “The dedication to our values — such as teaching and learning, individualized attention, respect, and diversity and inclusion — emerge inside and outside the classroom every day, and adds to our culture of excellence.”

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U.S. News also noted that 37 percent of university classes had fewer than 20 students and its graduation rate is above the national average.

U.S. News rankings are based on factors such as peer assessment scores from college and university presidents, provosts, and deans of admissions. Washington Monthly factors in an institution’s contribution to the public good in the categories of social mobility, research, and promoting public service.

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