Scranton among Top Colleges in America

For the 12th consecutive year, Forbes ranked the University among the nation’s best values in college education.
Forbes ranked The University of Scranton among “America’s Top Colleges” for value for 2019.
Forbes ranked The University of Scranton among “America’s Top Colleges” for value for 2019.

For the second time in a week, The University of Scranton was nationally recognized as a “best value” in higher education. Forbes ranked the University No. 251 among “America’s Top Colleges” for value in the 2019 listing of just 650 schools, which published on Aug. 15. This is the 12th consecutive year that Forbes has included Scranton in its national ranking.

Just three days earlier, Money magazine ranked Scranton at No. 296 among its selection of the 744 “best performing colleges” in America.

Only 40 colleges in Pennsylvania were included in Forbes list of “America’s Top Colleges.” Scranton and King’s College were the only two colleges in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Northeast to be listed.

The ranking by Forbes analyzed “outputs” of a college education, such as alumni salaries, student satisfaction surveys, student debt and other data, to determine the best values in college education. Factors used in the ranking included four- and six-year graduation rates, average federal student loan debt, student loan default rates and “post-graduate success” as measured by salaries reported in PayScale and the U.S. Department of Education’s “College Scorecard.” Forbes also considered rankings published by to evaluate the “student experience,” the percentage of graduates earning doctoral degrees, and the number of prestigious fellowships won by students, including Fulbright and Goldwater scholarships, among other factors.

Earlier in August, The Princeton Review also selected the University among “The Best 385 Colleges” in the country and ranked Scranton among the nation’s “Best Science Lab Facilities” (No. 7) and “Best Campus Food” (No. 10).

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