SRU named Pennsylvania’s best college for geography majors


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Nov. 7, 2018

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named Pennsylvania's best college for geography majors by

To determine its rankings, the website looked at data from the National Center for Education Statistics and college scorecard data from to understand what geography departments offered the best career opportunities to its students.

Other factors considered for the rankings included:

• Career results
o Mean earnings after six years.
o Mean earnings after 10 years.
o Ratio of people working to not working after 10 years.

• Geography emphasis
o Percentage of graduating class that are geography majors.

• School Performance
o Admissions rate.
o Graduation rate.
o Average cost of attendance.
o Median amount of debt.

"Having our program earn such a lofty ranking is a credit to our faculty who are incredibly student-focused and comfortable in their role in helping our students realize their respective responsibilities as citizen scientists," said Jerry Chmielewski, dean of the College of Health, Environment and Science.

“We’re always happy to receive recognition for the hard work we’ve done to engage our students who are passionate about learning about Earth, and to give them the most up-to-date skills they’ll need when they graduate from the University,” said Stentor Danielson, associate professor of geography, geology and the environment and chair of the geography department.

Four of the top five schools in the rankings were from Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education as SRU was joined by sister institutions Bloomsburg (No. 2), Millersville (No. 4) and Shippensburg (No. 5).

To view the complete rankings, click here.

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