U.S. News Ranks The University of Scranton in Top 10 Best Regional Universities

            U.S. News & World Report ranked The University of Scranton among the top 10 “Best Regional Universities in the North,” among “Great Schools at a Great Price,” and among just 45 “up and coming” colleges in the nation.

           Scranton tied for eighth in its category in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” ranking, marking the 18th consecutive year that Scranton was ranked in the top 10.

           Scranton is also named among only 45 colleges in the nation recognized by U.S. News as “Up-and-Comers.” The ranking is based on a survey of college administrators, who were asked to name schools that they think “have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life or facilities.”

           For the eighth consecutive year, U.S. News listed The University of Scranton among “Great Schools at a Great Price,” which relates academic quality to the cost of attendance. Scranton is among the 15 “Best Regional Universities in the North” recognized for value.

          “I am thrilled by the numerous national accolades The University of Scranton has received for community service, academics, value and even as being one of the friendliest schools in the nation,” said Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., president. “The consistent recognition of The University of Scranton among the nation’s best colleges is a testament to the dedication of the faculty and staff and of the quality of our students.”

          U.S. News bases its rankings on a range of quality indicators that include peer assessment (25 percent); graduation and freshman retention (25 percent); faculty resources (20 percent); student selectivity (15 percent); financial resources (10 percent); and alumni giving (5%). Data are gathered from detailed surveys of individual institutions, various government agencies, and surveys of presidents, provosts and deans of admissions at peer universities and colleges.

          U.S. News categorizes The University of Scranton among the “Best Regional Universities,” which is based on the official Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classification of universities, and consists of 626 institutions nationwide that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s level programs, but offer few, if any, doctoral-level programs. The universities in this category are ranked within four geographic regions in the nation. The north region includes 11 states and Washington, D.C.

         The 2012 rankings became available online at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and will be available in print in the “2012 Best Colleges” guidebook after Sept. 30.

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