SRU named one of America’s Best Small Town Colleges


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Aug. 14, 2015

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named in the top 50 of America's Best Small Town Colleges by, an online resource dedicated to helping students make educated choices about their future.

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"This recognition certainly validates the old adage, 'bigger isn't necessarily better,'" said Cheryl Norton, SRU president. "We're extremely proud of the high-quality, comprehensive learning experience we provide students both in-and-out of the classroom. This campus and community are wonderful places in which to live and learn. As the evaluators noted, small town campuses offer a spirit of community that can sometimes escape metropolitan areas."

"The ranking were compiled using the latest information from IPEDS and College Navigator databases, both of which are reputable sources maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics," said Laura Daniels, associate director of communications.

"We evaluated more than 500 schools located in small towns across America. Taking into consideration key performance indicators, including retention and graduation rates, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania quickly rose to the top. Schools such as your give students access to a top-tier education while benefiting from the opportunities only found in tight-knit communities such as Slippery Rock," she said.

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point topped the list. Other Pennsylvania institutions recognized were: Grove City College, in Grove City; Allegheny College in Meadville; and Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove.

The complete review of 2015's Best Small Town Colleges can be found at:

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