It’s been a decent start for the year for Dominican University. It went up a bit in the US News and World Report rankings at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/dominican-university-148496/overall-rankings:
Dominican University named second most beautiful campus in America: Dominican University’s Main Campus has been named the second most beautiful campus in America according to Ranker.com, a social consumer web platform. Dominican followed St. Olaf College (MN) and was ranked higher by voters than Macalester College (MN), Pepperdine University (CA), University of Washington, Sewanee: The University of the South (TN), Kenyon College (OH), University of Mississippi, Scripps College (CA) and Colgate University (NY).
Dominican University has been ranked in the top 10 of best Catholic colleges in the country by BestColleges.com, a web database providing insight and knowledge to help students and their families make informed decisions about higher education. BestColleges.com considers acceptance rates, enrollment, test scores, student and faculty surveys, independent research and ranking systems when evaluating thousands of colleges across the country.
Dominican University was ranked ninth in a list of 48 best Catholic colleges in the country. The distinction is based on a wide range of criteria, including student satisfaction with classes and professors and the inclusion of faith practices in the curriculum. Other universities in BestCollege.com's top 10 include Briar Cliff University (IA), Our Lady of the Elms College (MA), Alvernia University (PA), Manhattan College (NY), Georgian Court University (NJ), Regis College (MA), College of Mount St. Vincent (NY) and College of Saint Benedict (MN).
Other well-known Catholic colleges in BestCollege.com's list include Boston College, Loyola University Chicago, Villanova University and Holy Cross College.
I’m not sure how seriously to take any of this, other than as a compliment to the PR department. The ratings are likely good for the school in terms of making it easier to convince prospective students to attend and persuading alumni to give. And it’s always nice to feel you are part of a successful enterprise.