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Aug. 17, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU earns slot on U.S. News’
‘America’s Best Colleges’ top 100

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University has been named one of the top 100 Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report as part of its 2011 edition of “America’s Best Colleges.”

The annual rankings report, released today, includes more than 1,400 schools nationwide. Detailed information will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report available on newsstands Friday.

Institutions included in the North Region list are located in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The list is comprised of schools that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. Regional Universities are ranked against their peer group in one of the four geographic regions – north, south, midwest and west.

 “We are always pleased to be recognized for the quality of education we provide our students,” said Robert Smith, SRU president.

 “Slippery Rock University continues to draw national attention with recognitions from The Chronicle of Higher Education, which recently named the University as a ‘Great College to Work,” and by The Princeton Review which recently cited SRU as a ‘Best in the Northeast’ university. GI Jobs magazine this week cited SRU as a military friendly school for veterans. All of these designations demonstrate the commitment of our faculty and staff to providing an exceptional learning environment and a comprehensive education that helps students succeed,” he said.

 Over the past 26 years, the U.S. News rankings, which groups schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has become widely accepted as a comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

Among topics considered in preparing the annual rankings are indicators of excellence such as peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Officials at U.S. News said the method for calculating rankings was changed this year. Graduation rate performance now figures more prominently and for the first time the opinions of highs school counselors have been factored into the ranking calculations. For the 2011 report, schools are designated National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges to more accurately reflect their Carnegie classification.

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. -