SRU named one of the North’s Best Regional Universities


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May 1, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named a "Best Regional University-North" for 2018 by

SRU, ranked No. 49, was the only institution from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education to make the Top 50. Three others, Shippensburg (67), West Chester (75) and Mansfield (98), made the Top 100.

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The methodology used by aggregates rankings and reviews from publications including U.S. News & World Report and Forbes to determine its publisher rating; while gathering student reviews from sites like Niche and Cappex to determine an overall student review. Together, the two combine to form the score.

The regional rankings profile institutions with a smaller reach than their larger, major research university counterparts.

According to's website, a regional university "is defined by the Carnegie Classification as an institution with undergraduate and graduate programs, but not recognized at the doctoral level. In the North, elite liberal arts colleges, the Ivy League, and massive research universities get all the attention, but it's the regional universities that make sure the job gets done."

"This aggregate ranking gives students a more holistic picture of what the people in the know actually think about the colleges and universities in the north," said Carrie Sealey-Morris, managing editor, "We combine data from the most trusted published rankings, and the most reliable student reviews, to create a complete profile.

"With the method, every voice gets a say. Our ranking is not just based on college faculty and staff answering surveys, or just the opinions of disconnected experts, or just the experience of students - it's everybody, given equal weight and opportunity. That means surprises, redefinitions and, we hope, less bias and preconceived notions. It's all about leveling the playing field."

To view the complete rankings, click here.

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