South Bend National Rankings

When you visit South Bend, you can feel the energy and excitement that is running through the community. From new businesses arriving regularly to the Smart Streets campaign to make downtown South Bend more pedestrian friendly, there is a lot happening around The Bend. Now the South Bend community is getting recognized nationally for all of the major strides they have made in recent years.

The rankings below provide a snapshot at the momentum South Bend and the local community is building on and will continue to build on in the coming years.


  • South Bend is one of’s “top 10 unexpected cities for high-tech innovation,” Innovia Consulting.
  • South Bend is the first city in the world to run its water systems in the cloud, according to IBM.
  • South Bend is among 10 worldwide cities “reinventing themselves through technology,” Smart+Connected Communities Institute.
  • Granger is the #3 best city for young families in Indiana,, 2015.

University of Notre Dame

  • #1 Best college/university in Indiana & the Midwest, Forbes 2016
  • #2 U.S. undergraduate business programs-Mendoza, Bloomberg 2016
  • #5 100 most beautiful college campuses in the U.S., The Best Colleges 2015
  • #8 Best research universities in U.S., Forbes 2015
  • #12 Best private college in the U.S., Forbes 2015
  • #13 Overall best college in the U.S., Forbes 2015
  • #18 National university ranking, U.S. News & World Report 
  • #10 Best undergraduate business programs, Mendoza College of Business, U.S. News & World Report, 2015
  • #22 Best private colleges in America, Business Insider 2015
  • #23 Best business school, Forbes 2015

Bethel College

  • #6 of 367 colleges in the Midwest for Best Bang for the Buck Colleges, Washington Monthly 2016
  • #48 of 634 national colleges and universities for Top Master’s Universities, Washington Monthly 2016