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:

  • Named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for 11 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.
  • Carnegie FoundationEarned the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to public service, civic involvement, and community partnerships.
  • Recognized for first-year programs by U.S. News & World Report for 10 years.
  • Ranked in the top 25 for graduate programs in business, education, and nursing in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 "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 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Online Programs for Veterans” at No. 7 in graduate education, No. 14 in MBA, No. 22 in graduate nursing, and No. 29 in bachelor’s programs.
  • Named a Military Friendly School for seven years by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs, and Military Spouse.
  • 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.