Little changed for Midlands colleges and universities in the 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings, released today.
Creighton University was named the top regional university in the Midwest for the 11th straight year, according to the nationwide rankings. The private Omaha university also made the list of best value schools and schools with a strong commitment to teaching.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney dropped a few places among regional universities in the Midwest, from 43 to 48. Wayne State College jumped from 88 on that list to 72. Other Nebraska institutions named: Concordia University in Seward, at 51, and Peru State College, unranked but named as a second-tier regional university.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's rankings, unchanged, remained at 101 overall among the best national universities and 49th among public institutions on the list. UNL is still ranked last among the 12 universities in the Big Ten Conference (growing to 14 next year), with Northwestern ranked highest and Indiana University the nearest competitor, at 75th.
Iowa State University shared the 101st slot among national universities with UNL. The University of Iowa was ranked 73rd.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha was in the unranked section of second-tier U.S. universities for the second year.
The rankings compare nearly 1,400 colleges and universities, broken into categories that reflect the schools' size and philosophy. The news magazine uses data on graduation and student retention rates, peer assessment, faculty and financial resources, student selectivity and actual graduation rate versus predicted rate.
Other Nebraska institutions ranked among the best regional colleges in the Midwest: Hastings College, No. 15; Chadron State College and Midland University in Fremont, tied at 67; and Grace University in Omaha, in the unranked second tier.
An earlier version of this story accidentally omitted the ranking for Wayne State College.