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

<strong>For immediate release:</strong> August 17, 2007

BLOOMSBURG &#8212; 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 80 in Best Universities – Master’s for the northern region. BU is tied with New York Institute of Technology, Regis College, St. Joseph’s College and SUNY College – Brockport.

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 was one of six institutions tied for number 45; Shippensburg and West Chester were among 10 universities tied at number 57.

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, King’s, Marywood and Wilkes universities. BU’s six-year graduation rate of 62 percent tops Rutgers, Rider and Wilkes universities, all ranked higher in the listing.

With 96 percent full-time faculty, BU matches Shippensburg University and is surpassed by only one institution in the northern region, Gallaudet University with 100 percent. BU also rates favorably among public universities in the percentage of alumni who make financial donations to their alma mater – 12 percent.

Five hundred seventy-four universities are included in Best Universities – Master’s. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s Aug. 27 issue and the America’s Best Colleges guidebook.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.