Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is among the top four public universities in the state, according to Forbes magazine’s top colleges ranking.
Forbes ranked 660 institutions nationally, but only the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State University were listed ahead of SIUE in Illinois.
The magazine’s criteria are based on return on investment. It assigned the greatest weight to success after graduation (32.5 percent), student debt (25 percent) and student satisfaction (25 percent).
“Students connect with SIUE through its passion for student learning,” said Stephen Hansen, SIUE interim chancellor. “Students are engaged through freshman seminar, experiential learning experiences, undergraduate research opportunities and senior assignment. The SIUE academic experience is enhanced and enriched by strong student support programs.”
“Forbes confirms SIUE graduates are having a positive experience on campus, and finding success in graduate school and in the job market,” said Scott Belobrajdic, associate vice chancellor for enrollment management. “Forbes’ measurements do an outstanding job of capturing what we do as a relatively young institution that has reinvented itself in the past 15 years.”
SIUE’s enrollment is approximately 14,000.