When it comes to academics, Loyola University Chicago comes out on top in its heated rivalry with neighboring DePaul University.
At least according to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2011.
Here’s what U.S. News had to say about Loyola:
“Consistently ranked as a top national university and best value by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola University Chicago is one of the largest of the 28 U.S. Jesuit Catholic universities, enrolling 15,879 students from 50 states and 82 countries, and offering more than 70 undergraduate majors. Loyola prepares people to lead extraordinary lives by building upon its Jesuit tradition with: an innovative Core Curriculum, which equips students with lifelong skills for success; and a strong commitment to develop the whole person — intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. Located off North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, Loyola’s Water Tower Campus is home to the schools of Business Administration, Communication, Continuing and Professional Studies, Education, Law, and Social Work, and connects students to the heart of the city for myriad internship, job, and service opportunities. Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, home to the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School, and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan and offers students a traditional residential campus. Students may study abroad at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center in Italy, the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, or choose from more than 70 other programs in 32 countries.”
Among other local schoools, U. S. News ranks the University of Chicago at No. 9. Northwestern University is No. 12; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign No. 47; the Illinois Institute of Technology No. 111; the University of Illinois at Chicago No. 143; Illinois State University No. 156; and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale No. 183.
Listed in what the magazine calls “Tier 2″ among national universities are Northern Illinois University and Trinity International University in Deerfield.
Williams College in Massachusetts got the magazine’s nod as the nation’s top national liberal arts school, in a repeat of last year. Illinois schools on that list include Wheaton College, No. 55; Illinois Wesleyan University, No. 62; and Lake Forest College, No. 105.
Harvard topped the list of the magazine’s influential “national university rankings” two of the past three years. Last year, it shared the No. 1 spot with Princeton.
Yale is the No. 3-ranked university this year, followed by Columbia, with Stanford and Penn tied at No. 5.
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