U.S. News’ annual ranking lists Bloomsburg University among the best

BLOOMSBURG—U.S. News and World Report’s annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities once again lists Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as one of the best.

In data released this week, U.S. News lists BU as number 83 in Best Universities—Master’s for the northern region. BU is tied with Keene State College in New Hampshire and the State University of New York College at Oneonta.

Best Universities—Master’s ranks institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral degrees.

Among the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, Millersville and Shippensburg universities tied at 56th with four other universities and West Chester was one of nine universities listed at number 68. PASSHE institutions in the third tier, an alphabetical listing of universities ranked 86th to 123rd, are Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Mansfield and Slippery Rock.

BU’s consistent 81 percent retention rate (the percentage of freshmen who return for additional years of study) exceeds several colleges that earned higher overall ratings, such as Rider, Sacred Heart and Marywood universities. BU’s six-year graduation rate of 61 percent tops Towson, Sacred Heart and St. Francis universities, all ranked higher in the listing.

With 97 percent full-time faculty, BU is surpassed by only one institution in the northern region, Gallaudet University with 100 percent. BU also rates favorably in the percentage of alumni who make financial donations to the university—14 percent.

Five hundred fifty-seven universities are included in Best Universities—Master’s. Complete results will appear Friday, Aug. 18, at www.usnews.com. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 58 bachelor’s, 16 master’s and one doctoral degree.