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IU in top 25 public colleges on Forbes list

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington is among the nation’s top 25 best public colleges and universities, according to new rankings from Forbes.

A Friday news release from IU announced that IU’s Bloomington campus ranks 22nd among public colleges and universities in Forbes’ Top Colleges rankings. Overall, the university ranked 97th out of 650 schools, joining the top 100 for the first time since Forbes began its college rankings in 2008 and moving up 47 spots from its 2012 ranking of 144.

Forbes and the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity produce the Top Colleges list. The rankings consider such factors as student satisfaction, student debt, four-year graduation rate and scholarships and fellowships received by students, such as the Rhodes and Fulbright.

A highly weighted factor is post-graduate success, including salary of alumni pulled from Payscale.com.

IU Bloomington shares the Top 25 Best Public Colleges recognition with six other universities from the Big Ten: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Maryland, College Park; Pennsylvania State University; and Purdue University.

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