This year's U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges edition noted several Indiana University programs as worthy of special mention, including its Kelley School of Business—which moved back into the top 10 nationally among undergraduate business programs—and several student-focused initiatives at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
IU Bloomington jumped eight positions in U.S. News' list of "best national universities," from 83rd to 75th overall and 31st among public research universities in that group, up from 36th a year ago. IUPUI continues to be seen by U.S. News as an "Up-and-Comer," based on comments from university presidents, provosts and admissions deans, improving from seventh to fifth on that list.
IUPUI and IU Bloomington were recognized for offering programs that help both incoming freshmen and undergraduates to succeed. Both campuses were cited for their first-year experiences, which help freshmen to feel more connected to the campus.