Indiana State University Newsroom

Indiana State again among top national, ‘green’ colleges

September 16, 2016

Indiana State University has once again caught the attention of the respected national ranking reports by Forbes and the Princeton Review.

"Being repeatedly recognized by highly respected publications like the Princeton Review and Forbes is very gratifying," said John Beacon, senior vice president of reenrollment management, marketing and communications. "We work hard to provide our students with a broad range of academic programs, in a culturally diverse setting and at a cost that is affordable to nearly everyone. Our goal is to see each student we admit persist on to graduation and become a responsible and contributing citizen."

The university is among the Princeton Review's 156 "Best Midwestern" schools for the 13th year in a row, and Sycamores' opportunities to study and participate in sustainability landed State on the group's "Green Colleges" list for the fourth consecutive year.

Students told the Princeton Review "it's so easy to make friends" at Indiana State and "those that get involved in clubs or sports enjoy the university more." Sycamores report they "love living here on campus" and "like to go to sporting events at the Hulman Center and concerts at The Venue."

"In concert with the unpretentious Midwestern setting, (State) undergraduates are ‘down to earth and accepting of everyone,' as well as ‘motivated and eager to learn,' the Princeton Review wrote.
Students respect the school's diversity, extolling the university as a "giant melting pot."

"‘Everyone is welcome here," many students underscore, so "you never feel like you don't fit anywhere,'" the Princeton Review reported.

Only about 20 percent of the nation's accredited colleges and universities make the Forbes list, which emphasizes the return students and parents receive from their investment in a college degree, while the Princeton Review bases its list largely on student surveys.

This year is the sixth consecutive that Indiana State was honored by Forbes. State ranks No. 647 among Top Colleges, 254 in Public Colleges, 249 in Research Universities and 162 in the Midwest. In producing its list of the nation's top colleges, Forbes partners with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity for America's Top Colleges.

Earlier this month, Indiana State was included among the national leaders when it comes to civic engagement, according to The Washington Monthly's 2016 rankings.

Marking five consecutive years of being in the top three among 303 national universities, the university is ranked No. 2 for community service participation. Indiana State placed eighth in the overall service category.

"It's wonderful to be recognized in the top 10 nationally for community engagement again this year," said President Dan Bradley. "It is very gratifying and recognizes the huge efforts our faculty, staff and students make to serve our community. As we move forward with the new strategic plan, community engagement will become even more important to our students' experiences."

Indiana State clocked 1.2 million hours of service last year, giving back - in big ways and small - to organizations throughout the Wabash Valley. Service-learning projects, which combine meaningful community service experience with hands-on instruction, are also integrated into the curriculum of every academic program at the university.

In Washington Monthly's overall rankings across all categories, Indiana State ranks 71st nationally, which puts the university behind only Notre Dame (24) and Purdue (45) in the state.


Media Contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or