SRU ranked among “Best Colleges in the North” by U.S. News


Slippery Rock University campus

Sept. 9, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University today was named among the "Best Colleges in the North" by U.S. News & World Report.

"We are extremely pleased to once again be recognized by U.S. News for the outstanding education we provide students," said Cheryl Norton, SRU president. "To have U.S. News include SRU among the top 100 universities in the region, clearly demonstrates that we are offering our students a quality education - at an affordable price."

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The University ranked among the top 100 regional universities in the North. Regional universities - defined by the Carnegie classification as Master's Colleges and Universities - provide a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's-level programs. The region includes Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, New York, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Vermont.

According to the U.S. News, "To rank colleges, U.S. News first places each school into a category based on its mission (research university or liberal arts college, for example) and, in some cases, its location (North, South, Midwest and West). Regional universities are compared with other schools in the same group and region.

"Second, we gather data from and about each school in up to 16 areas related to academic excellence. Each indicator is assigned a weight (expressed as a percentage) based on our judgments about which measures of quality matter most.

"Third, the colleges are ranked based on their composite weighted score. We publish the numerical rank of roughly the top three-fourths of schools in each category; the remaining lowest-ranked schools in each category are placed into the second tier based on their overall score. Schools in the second tier are labeled Rank Not Published and listed alphabetically."

Indicators used by U.S. News to measure academic quality fall into seven broad areas: peer assessment; retention and graduation of students; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; alumni giving; and graduation rate performance, the difference between the proportion of students expected to graduate and the proportion who do.

The indicators, according to the U.S. News, include both input measures, which reflect the quality of students, faculty and other resources used in education, and outcome measures, such as graduation and freshman retention rates and graduation rate performance, which signal how well the institution educates its student body.

"This ranking," Norton said, "confirms the commitment we've made to delivering an educational experience that will help students' succeed in their careers, their lives, and to be better citizens."

A complete listing of the U.S. News college rankings can be found at:

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