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September 10, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU again earns Top 100 U.S. News and World Report honor

Slippery Rock University has again been named a Top 100 Regional University - North in the annual U.S. News & World Report's 2014 edition of Best Colleges released today. SRU was one of the top three of five PASSHE schools recognized in the “top 100” group.

“Slippery Rock University is always proud to be recognized for the quality of education it provides. This accolade from U.S. News and World Report is another honor we will share with prospective students and their parents as testimony to the rock solid education we provide,” said Cheryl Norton, SRU President. “We know prospective students and their guidance counselors, friends and mentors use such reports when recommending where a student should apply. This honor is among the top in higher education. The report always provides a extensive statistical profile of each university included, and I think many will find our profile very informative and impressive.”

The 2014 report, like its predecessors, includes national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional universities and regional colleges.

The report notes that SRU offers “Rock Solid academics. A classic residential campus. A safe, small-town setting. An affordable life-long value. Committed, caring faculty, and a once in a lifetime experience.”

The report notes, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is a public institution that was founded in 1889…its setting is rural, and the campus size is 660 acres. The student-faculty ratio at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania is 20:1, and the school has 16.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors include: education; business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; parks, recreation, leisure and fitness studies; and social sciences. The report found SRU has an acceptance rate of 63 percent. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.8 percent.

Universities in the category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographic regions—North, South, Midwest, and West— because, in general, they tend to draw students most heavily from surrounding states, according to the report.

The report provides wide-ranging interactivity for those involved in a college search to enable students and parents to find the school that best fits their needs.

The full report is available for sale online at and at bookstores and newsstands.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.