Baker University was the highest-ranked Kansas university in the Midwest Regional University rankings of the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released recently. This is the seventh consecutive year Baker has received the publication’s highest marks among universities in the state for its category.

Baker and other regional universities are compared to and ranked against their peers in the surrounding geographical location because they tend to draw students primarily from surrounding states, according to U.S. News & World Report. Universities are evaluated based on graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, student-to-faculty ratio, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. U.S. News & World Report collects data from multiple sources, including the universities.

“Baker University has long prided itself on the return on investment we provide our students,” Baker University President Lynne Murray said. “This ranking, along with recognition from The Economist and the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard for value and our graduates’ earning potential are wonderful evidence of Baker’s achievement.”

Baker was listed at No. 47 out of more than 150 universities ranked in the region that includes Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. U.S. News & World Report defines regional universities as schools that offer a wide range of undergraduate majors and graduate programs but few doctoral programs.