For Immediate Release: Sept. 13, 2016
BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University once again made the list of top universities in the northern region of the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities.
In data released this week U.S. News lists BU as No. 104 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, tied with Caldwell, Plymouth State and William Paterson universities.
Best Regional Universities ranks institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s programs but few, if any, doctoral degrees. The 653 universities in the category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographic regions – north, south, midwest and west.
BU’s 79 percent retention rate (percentage of freshmen who return to school) is higher than the retention rate at several institutions that earned higher overall ratings, including Shippensburg and Mount Saint Mary’s universities and York and King’s colleges. It matches several institutions that earned higher overall ratings, such as Rider, Millersville, Wilkes and Philadelphia universities.
At 62 percent, Bloomsburg’s 2015 graduation rate exceeds those of higher ranked Shippensburg, Rutgers, Arcadia, Seton Hill, Chatham and Wilkes universities, and ties higher ranked Millersville and Waynesburg universities. And, with a 6 percent alumni giving rate, Bloomsburg has more participation than higher ranked public institutions, including Rowan, Rutgers, Towson and Millersville universities.
The full rankings and data are available in U.S. News College Compass.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.