By Loyola University Dispatch Staff
Loyola topped DePaul University, Illinois State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and other Illinois schools in the 2017 Best Colleges list by U.S. News & World Report.
Loyola broke through the top 100 last year, ranking No. 99.
The University of Chicago ranked No. 3, Northwestern University No. 12 and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign No. 44.
DePaul ranked No. 124 and the Illinois Institute of Technology No. 103.
The U.S. News rankings focus on academic excellence, with schools ranked on up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – including graduation and retention rates – which carry the most weight at 30 percent, according to a news release.
School profiles include specifics on academic life, financial aid, student body makeup and more. Students can research schools with the most Economic Diversity and Campus Ethnic Diversity, as well as the Most International Students, according to the news release.