U.S. News Names Scranton Up and Coming School

08/25/08

The University of Scranton is among only 70 colleges in the nation recognized by U.S. News & World Report as “Up and Coming” schools to watch. The new listing in the 2009 edition of "America’s Best Colleges" used peer assessments to identify schools not yet at the top of the rankings, but among the best in innovation. Schools recognized made the “most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus or facilities.”

U.S. News also ranked The University of Scranton ninth in the Best Universities-Master’s in the North category, marking the 15th consecutive year that U.S. News has ranked Scranton among the top 10 universities in the North. In addition, U.S. News ranked the Jesuit university 10th among “Great Schools at a Great Price,” which relates academic quality to the cost of attendance. This is the fifth consecutive year that Scranton made this listing of just 15 schools in the north.

Scranton ranked fourth in the “Up and Coming” schools listing for the North.

“We are proud to be so consistently recognized among the nation’s best universities for quality and value,” said Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of The University of Scranton. “The additional recognition by our peers as a school to watch is a welcome endorsement to the energy and enthusiasm that is ever at work in our academic community and that is transforming our campus.”

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.

Scranton is included in the category that U.S. News defines as “Universities – Master’s,” which consists of 572 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 consists of 171 schools in 11 states and Washington, D.C.

In addition to U.S. News, earlier this month Forbes.com listed The University of Scranton among “America’s Best Colleges 2008” and the Princeton Review listed Scranton among "The Best 368 Colleges" in the nation. The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management was added to the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s "America’s Best Graduate Schools."

Press Release Contact:
Stan Zygmunt
Director of News & Media Relations
The University of Scranton
(570)-941-7662