For Immediate Release
Date: Sept. 10, 2019
Contact: Tom McGuire Director of Media Relations, Content Strategy
Bloomsburg University Ranked by U.S. News & World Report
BLOOMSBURG--Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is again ranked among the nation’s best colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Colleges guide.
Bloomsburg is ranked (tied) for 37th in Regional Public Universities in the North and is tied for 113th overall in Regional Universities in North (both public and private) which is up four places from last year. Additionally, BU’s business program in the Zeigler College of Business ranks among the top 500 programs in the country.
“This latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff,” said BU President Dr. Bashar Hanna. “The credit goes to them, and most importantly to our high-achieving students who are determined to achieve even more.”
The business program is one of only five percent of business schools worldwide accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). More than 2,000 students major or minor in accounting, finance, information technology, management, marketing, or supply chain management at BU. Accounting boasts CPA pass rates in the top 15 percent nationally. The professional sales program was recently named among the top 100 programs in North America. A new sales lab, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, will help students develop sales and presentation skills.
The factors and weights used in the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings were new for 2020. More than one-third of a school's rank came from its success at retaining and graduating students within 150% of standard time (six years). New this year was the first-generation students variable which gave more credit for their graduation rates when accomplished with higher proportions of students who were the first in their immediate families to attend college. Faculty resources and expert opinions accounted for an even split of 40 percent of the ranking; while financial resources and student excellence factored into an even breakdown of 20 percent of the ranking with alumni giving accounting for five percent of the ranking.
In addition to U.S. News & World Report ranking, Bloomsburg is also ranked by both Forbes’ Top Colleges in 2019, which features the top 15 percent of the more than 4,300 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S, and Money Magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money in 2019. BU has also been ranked among the Best Regional Universities in the North for 2019 by College Consensus.com.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,700 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.