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U.S. News and World Report Recognized Pitt-Johnstown as Fourth Best Public Comprehensive College

U.S. News and World Report Recognized Pitt-Johnstown as Fourth Best Public Comprehensive College

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According to the U.S. News and World Report, 2002 issue, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has been recognized as being among the four best public comprehensive colleges for bachelor's degrees in the Comprehensive Colleges and Universities in the Northern Region. Also, UPJ is highly ranked in the Northern Comprehensive Colleges- Bachelor's Degrees: Top Schools Category.

According to U.S. News and World Report, Comprehensive Colleges are -- institutions which focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts, which account for fewer than half of their bachelor's degrees, and in professional fields such as business, nursing, and education. There are 322 comprehensive colleges, ranked within four regions: Midwest, North, South, and West.

As the decision on a college education is one of the most important and one of the most costly investments that students will ever make, the ranking information is an extremely important resource. The U.S. News and World Report compiles the data to assist families in selecting --…the right college by providing a source of reliable and consistent data. It provides families with the ability to compare one college with another and find the differences that matter to them. The rankings of colleges and universities provide an excellent starting point for families comparing colleges because they offer an opportunity to judge the relative quality of the educational experience at schools according to indicators of excellence. Selected information included in the rankings follow: student SAT scores; academic offerings; class size; faculty/student ratios, and freshmen retention rates.

Seventy-five percent of the school's ranking is based on a formula that uses objective measures of academic quality. The remaining 25% is based on a reputational survey. These rankings rate the strength of the academic program at each undergraduate institution. Since 1983, the U.S. News and World Report has published college rankings and based its ranking categories on the Carnegie system, the most widely accepted system for classifying American colleges and universities.

--Achieving the U.S. News and World Report ranking designations is a reflection of the quality in academic focus and effort put forth by our administrators, faculty, staff and students, stated Dr. Albert L. Etheridge, UPJ President. --I am most proud of the talent that exists throughout our university and the leadership that we provide to our community.

Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 9/24/2001 4:00:00 PM