SRU earns Buffalo Business First ranking


Slippery Rock University campus at North Hall
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March 22, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University is the lone representative from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to be ranked in the Buffalo (NY) Business First's 2016 academic rankings of U.S. public colleges.

This is the second year for Business First's rankings. The University of Michigan was No. 1 in the inaugural standings one year ago, while The University of North Carolina has taken top honors for 2016.

Overall, Business First analyzed 477 four-year public colleges, using the latest data available from the National Center for Education Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. College rankings recently issued by three national publications - Forbes, Kiplinger's and U.S. News and World Report - were also taken into account.

SRU landed at No. 140 in a field of the top 250 ranked institutions. The remaining 227 institutions were grouped in the "lower echelon," according to Business First, and those institutions are just listed alphabetically.

A 20-part formula was created to identify those schools that offered the best educational experiences to their students. It gave the highest marks to schools with highly selective admissions processes, strong retention and graduation rates, prestigious reputations, generous resources, affordable tuitions and housing costs, diversity and economically robust communities.

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