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Scranton Makes Two More National Rankings

Niche.com and College Factual placed The University of Scranton among America’s top colleges in rankings published online in September.
October 5, 2017

Two 2018 college rankings published online in September placed The University of Scranton among America’s top colleges. Niche.com ranked Scranton No. 189 among the “Best Colleges in America” in its list of 1,644 four-year colleges and No. 120 in its list of “Best Value Colleges in America.” Also, College Factual ranked Scranton No. 245 in its national ranking of 1,383 schools for “overall quality.”

In other national rankings published on its website, Niche.com ranked Scranton No. 14 among the “Best Catholic Colleges in America,” No. 38 among the “Best College Campuses in America,” No. 52 among the “Best College Dorms in America,” No. 187 for “Colleges with the Best Student Life in America” and No. 193 for “Colleges with the Best Professors in America.”

Niche.com also included Scranton in several national program listings, including ranking Scranton No. 61 among the “Best Colleges for Nursing in America,”No. 66 among the “Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America” and No. 146 “Best Colleges of Accounting and Finance in America,” among other rankings.

In state lists, also published on the website, Scranton ranked No. 1 in “Best College Dorms in Pennsylvania” and “Best Colleges with No Application Fee in Pennsylvania,” and No. 2 in “Best Catholic Colleges in Pennsylvania” and “Best College Campuses in Pennsylvania,” among other rankings posted.

Niche.com bases its rankings on its analysis of academic, admissions, financial and student life data reported by the U.S. Department of Education and reviews of academic and campus life by students and alumni made on its website.

College Factual also ranked Scranton No. 33 among Roman Catholic Colleges in the nation in a religiously affiliated college listing. College Factual ranked several of Scranton’s programs among the top 10 percent in the nation in several rankings including programs in biological and biomedical sciences, philosophy and criminal justice and corrections. Scranton also ranked in the top 15 percent in the nation for business administration and management and health and medical administrative services program.

In other postings on the College Factual website, Scranton ranked above average for freshman retention rates, graduate rate and “expected graduation rate vs. actual graduation rate,” which is calculated based on an analysis of the characteristics of student students attending a college. Scranton students graduate at a rate that is 10.9 percent higher than expected based on student characteristics.

College Factual, in rankings published online and in collaboration with USA Today, considers retention and graduation rates, student loan default rates, overall average post- graduation earnings based on College Scorecard data, among other factors.

Also in September, U.S. News & World Report ranked Scranton No. 6 among the “Best Regional Universities in the North” in its 2018 “Best Colleges” guide. U.S. News also ranked Scranton’s business programs in accounting, finance and entrepreneurship among the top 25 programs in the nation.

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