Rankings and Recognitions

Respected organizations have repeatedly been impressed by our academic programs, our supportive environment, our cutting-edge facilities and technology, our investment in emerging media, and our commitment to sustainability. Here is a sample:

  • Ranked eighth among “up-and-coming" colleges and universities in 2011 by U.S. News & World Report, placing us among institutions "that recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, or facilities."
  • Named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for nine years.
  • Classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a research university, high research activity (RU/H), placing us in the company of Boston College, Clemson University, and College of William and Mary, among others.
  • Ranked sixth in the nation for improvement in graduation rates among public research institutions for cohorts graduating between 2001 and 2008 by The Chronicle of Higher Education (published December 2010). 
  • Featured in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. Recognized for the fourth year, we are the first public institution in Indiana to be listed among the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Recognized for first-year programs by U.S. News & World Report for the 10th year in a row.
  • Ranked in the top 20 for graduate programs in business, education, and nursing and the top 30 for bachelor's degree programs in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 "Best Online Programs."
  • Recognized by the University Professional & Continuing Education Association in 2014, with our Division of Online and Distance Education as a corecipient of the UPCEA Strategic Innovation in Online Education Award.
  • Ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report among its 2013 “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans.” In online graduate programs best for veterans, we were eighth in MBA and education and 12th in nursing. 
  • Won the 2009 Academic Institution of the Year Award from the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). Learn more about MMA recognizing our campuswide focus on mobile communications, product development, research, and education and see more recognitions for our innovations in emerging media.
  • Listed among six universities committed to social justice in the December 2009 issue of Architect Magazine.
  • Named a Military Friendly School for the past five years by G.I. Jobs, placing us in the top 20 percent of all schools nationwide, and one of only 60 Military Friendly Universities by Military Advanced Education Magazine in 2009.
  • Among the first sites chosen by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to participate in a program intended to help overhaul teacher education and encourage exceptional teacher candidates to seek long-term careers in high-need classrooms

Our academic programs have gotten noticed, too. Check out the recognitions and points of distinction for:

Not sure what college houses the program you're interested in? See our list of departments within the colleges.