September 09, 2019 STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Franciscan University of Steubenville placed in the elite top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best College Rankings, Midwest Universities. Included in this prestigious list since 1998, Franciscan was ranked 17th overall this year, placing it in the top 20 for the second year in a row. Franciscan ranked among the top five universities for graduation and retention rates—the guide’s most heavily factored indicators of academic success.U.S. News’ Best College Rankings also ranked Franciscan University 17th in the Midwest in its Best Value Schools division, 11th in the Midwest’s Best Colleges for Veterans, and as an A+ Schools for B Students, taking into account Franciscan’s strong 86 percent freshman retention rate.“These rankings affirm Franciscan University’s excellent academics,” said Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, president, “and I am grateful to our faculty for sharing their love for truth, knowledge, God, and the Church with our students. This particularly Franciscan communion of academics and faith orients their minds and hearts to God, the source of truth, and equips them to bring Christ to a world that desperately needs him.” Other recent college rankings of note for Franciscan University:Focusing on “quality education at an affordable price,” in July, Kiplinger Personal Finance placed Franciscan University in its Top 50 Best Private College Values, putting Franciscan in the company of Stanford, Princeton, MIT, and Yale, among others. In August, Forbes named Franciscan to its list of America's Top Colleges, which represent the top 10 percent of the 4,500-plus colleges in the United States. Forbes focused on schools that deliver “top academics, best experiences, career success, and lowest debt.” The 2019-2020 edition of the Cardinal Newman Society Guide includes Franciscan as one of only 15 colleges that remain “faithfully Catholic and committed to uniting faith and reason.” Read more about Franciscan University’s rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges Guide.