August 7, 2015 at 3:00pm

Millikin Selected Among Nation's Best Colleges

Shilling Hall

Millikin University is again ranked among the nation's best colleges and universities by Forbes magazine in its 2015 online list of "America's Top Colleges." Millikin is one of 25 colleges from Illinois to make Forbes' national ranking of 650 institutions.

Millikin was also named one of the Midwest's best colleges in The Princeton Review's 2016 College Selection Guide. Millikin is one of 159 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best Midwestern" section of its online feature, "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region," on


America's Top Colleges rankings are prepared exclusively for Forbes with research from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) and based on numerous factors that evaluate student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student success in garnering nationally competitive awards, student debt and four-year graduation rates.

Millikin University President Dr. Patrick E. White says, "It is always happy news to have others recognize what all of us at Millikin University know deeply – Millikin is a great university committed to excellence in teaching and learning inside and outside the classroom. Behind these recognitions is Millikin's commitment to Performance Learning, through which every student is challenged and supported to learn and do, to act and perform in a way that builds confidence, competence, and success."

President White added, "The Princeton Review ranking, because it is based on results from those who know Millikin best, our students, is especially gratifying; and the Forbes listing as one of America's Top Colleges shows that Millikin ranks with some of the best known colleges and universities in the country."

Forbes explains, "For the eighth year, Forbes has partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity to rank America's Top Colleges. The Forbes list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by our belief in output over input."

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Forbes added, "We're not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?"

"The Forbes rankings stand out because they are not standard input metrics like class rank, grade point average and standardized test scores," said Millikin University Provost Dr. Jeffery P. Aper. "College rankings are often based solely on such reputation and resources measures and too seldom based on talent development and outcomes. When Forbes looks for an answer to the question: What are students getting out of college? Millikin shows up remarkably well because we continue to apply Performance Learning initiatives to assure that students are well prepared to lead lives of meaning and value."

Princeton Review

The listings in The Princeton Review's "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" online section are based on institutional data obtained from the colleges in 2014-2015, as well as student survey data on numerous issues including academics, student population, and overall campus life.

"We chose Millikin University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. "We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project."

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Millikin University is a private, comprehensive university with a diverse student population of approximately 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students. A Millikin education features Performance Learning, a unique learning approach offering students the chance to build the confidence to succeed before and after graduation. Millikin offers more than 50 majors in the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Professional Studies and Tabor School of Business, and is located on a 75-acre residential campus in Decatur, Ill. For more information, visit