For Immediate Release: Sept. 9, 2015
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 number 104 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, tied with William Paterson University of New Jersey. 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, York College, and Shippensburg University. It matches several institutions that earned higher overall ratings, such as Rider, Mount St. Mary’s, Millersville, Robert Morris, Mercyhurst and Gannon universities.
At 65 percent, Bloomsburg’s 2014 graduation rate exceeds those of higher ranked Mount St. Mary’s, Shippensburg, Roger Williams and Rutgers universities, and ties higher ranked Millersville and Gannon universities. And, with a 6 percent alumni giving rate, Bloomsburg has more participation than higher ranked public universities, including University of Hartford, Millersville, Stevenson, Towson, Rutgers, and Rowan 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.