SRU named a 2021 Best Regional University and Top Public School by U.S. News & World Report


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Slippery Rock University was ranked on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best Regional Universities – North” and “Top Public Schools – Regional Universities (North).”

Sept. 14, 2020

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — The U.S. News & World Report today released its 2021 Best Colleges rankings and Slippery Rock University is again receiving plaudits from the national publication. SRU ranked 83rd on the "Best Regional Universities - North" list and 23rd on the list of "Top Public Schools - Regional Universities (North)."

SRU earned a spot on the publication's Best Regional Universities list for a 12th straight year in 2021.

"We're continually pleased to be mentioned among the top universities and public schools in the region," said SRU President William Behre. "This is yet another opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to share with the world what our campus community already knows: that SRU offers a Rock Solid education."

U.S. News & World Report groups colleges into four categories (National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges) and within the Regional Universities group the rankings are split by regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

SRU is considered by U.S. News & World Report a regional university, which offers a full range of undergraduate, some master's programs and a few doctoral programs. SRU is ranked among schools in the North, which consists of 11 states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey and the six New England states.

Public schools, as defined by the publication, are typically operated under the supervision of state governments and are partially funded by tax dollars and subsidies from the state. They consist of everything from small liberal arts colleges to large research institutions.

Rankings are based on several key measures of quality, with scores for each measure weighted to arrive at a final overall score, including:

  • Outcomes (degree completion), 35%.
  • Faculty resources, 20%.
  • Expert opinion, 20%.
  • Financial resources, 10%.
  • Student excellence, 10%.
  • Alumni giving, 5%.

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