A Closer Look at Best Colleges Articles

These 2020 Best Colleges articles found in the online resource EBSCO Magazines & Journals provide some easy-to-read and valuable information that might help you identify the best school for you—perhaps even in your home state of Illinois.

  • First, Robert Morse and Eric Brooks give an in-depth look at the standards and formula for how colleges are scored across outcomes, faculty resources, financial resources, alumni giving, etc., in the article “How We Rank Colleges.”
  • Now that you understand the rankings, take a look at “Best National Liberal Arts Colleges.” There, 160 colleges are ranked (in order) as the nation’s best, based on scores of student retention rate, graduation rate, social mobility, etc. The full list actually includes 215 schools; the last 55 schools are organized alphabetically.
  • Regional colleges are schools that offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts, including business, nursing and education. “Best Regional Colleges” provides a ranking of over 350 colleges by region.
    • Of note: In the Midwest, Millikin University is listed as one of the top schools in Illinois.
  • Finally, after recent college admission scandals, Lindsay Cates provides a frank overview of “ethical steps necessary to improve your odds” for college admission. “How Admissions Really Works" gives a short and sweet peek at what admission counselors are looking for in an applicant; tips on essay writing; advice for talking to counselors and faculty on school visits; details on what athletic teams are considering and more.

We wish you luck on your search for a satisfying, high-quality education beyond high school!