Marian University climbed to #25 in the U.S. News & World Report 2014 rankings of the top colleges in the Midwest, released earlier this week. Since 2011, the Catholic institution serving 2,600 students on its campus located 10 minutes west of downtown Indianapolis has gone from #41 to #25, climbing steadily each year. The 16-point gain between 2011 and 2014 is the largest among U.S. News & World Report’s listing of Midwest Colleges, matched only by Central Methodist University in Missouri. Only one other college on the list recorded a double-digit gain during that timeframe.
Last month, Affordable Colleges Online ranked Marian University #10 out of Indiana’s 27 colleges and universities in terms of Return of Investment. That survey attempts to rank the value of a college degree from various institutions, taking into account the cost of tuition and average salaries of alumni, among other factors.
“Marian University is riding a wave of momentum, with record enrollment, new facilities, and successful fundraising campaigns,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said. “But more importantly, we’re improving in terms of quality. These recent survey results reveal that third parties perceive that a Marian University education continues to become more valuable with each passing year. That’s an important message for parents and students who are committed to investing in a high quality education.”
Marian University reported record enrollment for its Fall Semester, with more than 2,600 total students. The university also welcomed its largest freshman class in its 76-year history this month.
In August, Marian University opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine. It is Indiana’s second medical school, and the first to open in 110 years. Next week, the university will break ground on a new student center, slated to open in fall 2014.
Marian University captured the NAIA national football championship in 2012. Its cycling program has amassed 22 national championships over the years.