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Scranton Makes National Ranking for Outcomes

The University of Scranton was nationally recognized for value in The Wall Street Journal’s ranking of the “Top U.S. Colleges.”
October 11, 2017

The University of Scranton is counted among “Top U.S. Colleges” in a 2018 ranking based on analysis by The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education.

Scranton placed at No. 138 for student engagement; No. 193 for student outcomes; and No. 214 for an “overall” ranking of more than 1,000 colleges based on analysis of 15 individual performance indicators. The ranking, published by The Wall Street Journal on Sept. 27, is intended to measure student engagement and outcomes as well as the resources provided in support of education.

The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education based the student engagement portion of their analysis on The U.S. Student Survey, which queried more than 200,000 current college and university students on a range of issues relating directly to their college experience. Student engagement represented 20 percent of the overall ranking score. Outcomes, which represented 40 percent of the overall ranking score, looked at graduation rate, academic reputation, value added to graduate salary and value added to the loan repayment rate. The “value added” portions of the analysis used research by the Brookings Institute, among others, to apply statistical modeling to adjust for student and other characteristics in order to measure the impact the school has on the salary and loan repayment rates of its graduates. The overall score also measured resources (30 percent), which included the finance cost per student, faculty/student ratio and research papers published per faculty member, and the learning environment (10 percent), which includes student and staff diversity, among other factors.

In other national rankings published recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scranton No. 6 among the “Best Regional Universities in the North” and No. 18 as a “Best Value Regional University” in its category. In national rankings, U.S. News placed Scranton’s programs in accounting No. 17, finance No. 17 and entrepreneurship No. 22 in the country, and its business school No. 183 in the U.S. MONEY magazine ranked Scranton No. 206 among the 711 included in its “Best Colleges For Your Money,” a national list of schools determined to deliver the “best value” and Forbes ranked Scranton at No. 249 in their list of “America’s Best Value Colleges” in the nation.

In addition, The Princeton Review listed Scranton in its 2018 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges,” ranking Scranton among the nation’s “Best Science Labs” (No. 9), “Best Campus Food” (No. 15), “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports” (No. 18) and “Most Religious Students” (No. 20).”

In other national rankings published recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scranton No. 6 among the “Best Regional Universities in the North” and No. 18 in that category. In national rankings, U.S. News placed Scranton’s programs in accounting No. 17, finance No. 17 and entrepreneurship No. 22 in the country, and its business school No. 183 in the U.S. Also, MONEY magazine ranked Scranton No. 206 among the 711 included in its “Best Colleges For Your Money,” a national list of schools determined to deliver the “best value.” Forbes ranked Scranton No. 257 of the only 660 universities listed as “America’s Top Colleges” based on their analysis of a school’s “return on investment,” and at No. 249 in their list of “America’s Best Value Colleges” in the nation. In addition, The Princeton Review listed Scranton in its 2018 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges,” ranking Scranton among the nation’s “Best Science Labs” (No. 9), “Best Campus Food” (No. 15), “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports” (No. 18) and “Most Religious Students” (No. 20). Scranton was also ranked No. 69 in the nation among master’s universities in a listing, published by Washington Monthly, that seeks to rate colleges based on their contribution to “social mobility, research and service.”

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