U.S. News ranks BU among the best

For Immediate Release: Sept. 9, 2014

BLOOMSBURG — Bloomsburg University is again listed as one of the top 100 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 number 98 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, tied with Eastern, Stevenson and St. Peter’s universities and the University of New Haven. Bloomsburg is fifth among institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

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 620 universities in the category are ranked against their peer group in one of four geographic regions – north, south, midwest and west.

BU’s 80 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 Hood College, King’s College and Alfred, Gannon, Farleigh Dickinson and Shippensburg universities. It matches several institutions that earned higher overall ratings, such as Rider, Monmouth, Arcadia, Roger Williams, Mercyhurst and Wilkes universities.

At 62 percent, Bloomsburg’s 2013 graduation rate exceeds those of higher ranked Mercyhurst, Millersville, Wilkes and Shippensburg universities, and ties Wagner College, Alfred University and Roger Williams University. And, with an 8 percent alumni giving rate, Bloomsburg has more participation than higher ranked public universities, including Rowan, Montclair State, Towson, West Chester, Farleigh Dickinson and Millersville universities.

The full rankings and data are available in U.S. News College Compass.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.