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Friday, September 6, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Northeastern Illinois University is ranked No. 1 in the category of Environment among all Midwest colleges and universities by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking. Nationally, Northeastern is tied for 19th.

Environment is calculated using a mix of data on international students, student diversity, student inclusion and staff diversity. Northeastern has ranked in the top 25 nationally each of the past four years of this survey.

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking is the latest of a string of positive national rankings for Northeastern this fall. Other recent rankings include:

  • LendEDU ranked Northeastern 27th among all four-year colleges and universities in the country and 13th among all four-year public institutions for students who graduate with the lowest student loan debt.
  • ranked Northeastern seventh in the nation and first in Illinois in a new report on colleges and universities with the lowest rates of property crime and violence associated with property crime.
  • Washington Monthly magazine ranked Northeastern first in Illinois and 34th among four-year universities nationwide on its list of Best Colleges for Adult Learners.
  • The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked Northeastern second in the nation among four-year public institutions for diversity among managers.

In 2018, Northeastern also ranked No. 1 for the fifth consecutive year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” publication for students who graduate with the least amount of debt among Midwest regional universities. U.S. News & World Report’s new rankings will be released later this year.