Baker University was the highest-ranked Kansas university in the Midwest Regional University rankings of the 2018 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, released recently. This is the eighth consecutive year Baker has received the publication’s highest marks among universities in the state for its category.

According to U.S. News & World Report’s methodology, 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. Factors included in each university’s evaluation include 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.

“Since its founding in 1858, Baker University has prided itself on being a premier institution for students seeking rigorous academics and an unrivaled collegiate experience,” Baker University President Lynne Murray said. “This ranking furthers Baker’s reputation for delivering fantastic return on academic investment to our students and earning potential to our graduates.”

Baker was listed at No. 46 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.