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Headline: IUPUI on Forbes.com list

IUPUI ranked among the top 15 percent of America's best colleges this year on the first annual Forbes.com list honoring schools for the quality of education they provide and how much their students achieve.

The new ranking system is an attempt by Forbes.com to put itself in a student's shoes and evaluate the quality of faculty, ability to help students achieve career success, cost and value of the education received, etc.

Students strongly prefer smaller schools to big ones, according to Forbes.com. Michael Patchner, the IUPUI-based dean of the IU School of Social Work, wasn't surprised by the outcome.

"Even though we are a large campus, people get a high-quality education in a small school environment where they get to know the faculty members," Patchner said in describing IUPUI for Forbes.com. "We're right downtown. Students are able to have a social life and they're able to have an academic life with internships in the city."