Trine University advances in U.S. News rankings

September 13, 2016

Trine University moved up to 22nd among top Midwestern regional colleges in the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s top colleges. Its engineering school also moved up significantly in national rankings.

Trine’s position among the Midwest’s best regional colleges in the current rankings is up from 29th last year.

“We are very proud of the work we’ve done to enhance our academic offerings and invest in our world-class campus facilities,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., university president. “With the renovation underway at Best Hall of Science and the new Thunder Ice Arena and MTI Center coming online in the next two years, our campus facilities will only continue to enhance the lives of our students.”

Trine also appears on 10 other lists for Midwestern regional colleges and two national lists.

The university’s Allen School of Engineering & Technology was ranked 88th out of 198 colleges nationally among the Best Undergraduate Engineering Schools at which a master degree is the highest degree offered; it was 122nd out of 195 last year. The ranking is based solely on peer assessment ratings from spring 2016. Trine’s engineering program had 100 percent job and graduate school placement for its 2015 graduates, and the university as a whole has averaged 99 percent placement over the last two years.

For years, Trine has been named a top regional college in the Midwest, based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, class sizes, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving rate. This year the university was named fifth in the region among best colleges for veterans.

In addition, Trine was ranked among Midwest regional colleges for:

  • Least amount of debt for graduating class
  • Average amount of need-based aid awarded
  • Six-year graduation rate
  • Campus ethnic diversity
  • Economic diversity
  • Percentage of classes under 20
  • Freshman retention rate
  • Proportion of international students; and
  • Selectivity.

Trine also was ranked nationally for most students in fraternities.

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