U.S. News' annual ranking lists BU among the best

For immediate release: Aug. 24, 2009

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 last week, U.S. News lists BU as number 74 Best Universities – Master's for the northern region. BU is tied with New York Institute of Technology and, for the second year in a row, SUNY – Oswego. Bloomsburg is 21st among public universities in the north and second among institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

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.

BU's consistent 81 percent retention rate (the percentage of freshmen who return for additional years of study) matches several colleges that earned higher overall ratings, such as Hood College, Rutgers University and Misericordia University. BU's six-year graduation rate of 64 percent matches Millersville University, ranked 15th among public universities and the only PASSHE institution to receive a higher overall rating at number 54.

With 94 percent full-time faculty, BU matches East Stroudsburg University and is surpassed by just five institutions in the northern region: Husson University in Maine, 98 percent; College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 97 percent; Kutztown University, 96 percent; and Slippery Rock and Edinboro universities, both 95 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-two universities are included in Best Universities – Master's. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in U.S. News and World Report's September 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 Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.