The U.S. News & World Report ranked Ball State 176th in the nation and fourth best in the Mid-American Conference along with deeming it an "A-Plus School for B Students," and The Princeton Review's annual college ratings ranked Ball State in the Top 50 Green Colleges and named it a Best Midwestern College.

U.S. News & World Report released its rankings Sept. 13 and named Ball State the 176th best national college (tied with Lipscomb University, Mississippi State University, Montclair State University, Texas Tech University, University of Central Florida and University of New Mexico). Ball State received an overall score of 32 out of 100. In comparison, University of Notre Dame ranked 15th with a score of 85/100, Purdue University ranked 60th with a score of 59/100 and Indiana University ranked 86th with a score of 51/100.

Ball State was also named an “A-Plus School for B Students,” which U.S. News & World Report describes as “If you're a good student with less-than-stellar test scores or a so-so GPA, these are the schools for you” on its website.

“I’m not at all surprised because I know Ball State’s a good school, and I feel like we don’t give it enough credit sometimes,” said junior hospitality and food management major Elizabeth Bolinger. “It makes me proud to go here.”

The Princeton Review released its latest ratings Aug. 29, and Ball State received a green rating of 99 and ranked 50 out of the Top 50 Green Colleges.

“We didn't put anything in for the Green award, so it really came as a surprise,” said Jim Lowe, associate vice president for Facilities Planning and Management. “It shows what [Ball State is] doing is being looked at, and it's an honor to be recombined for our efforts."

The green ranking is determined on a scale of 60-99 and “provides a comprehensive measure of a school's performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution,” according to the Princeton Review website. The rating is based on:

  1. whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable
  2. how well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities
  3. how environmentally responsible a school's policies are

“Ball State is forward thinking in many ways, and [these rankings] are evidence that we are moving in the right direction for ourselves, our students and the community,” Lowe said.

Ball State was also among 156 colleges named Best Midwestern Colleges, which are colleges the Princeton Review considers “academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search,” according to its website.

Though Ball State was not on the list of Best 381 Colleges, Indiana University, University of Notre Dame and Purdue University were included.