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Pitt-Johnstown Ranks Fourth in the North Second Year in a Row

Pitt-Johnstown Ranks Fourth in the North Second Year in a Row

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According to the U.S. News and World Report, 2003 issue, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has again 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. This is the second year in a row that UPJ has ranked on the list.

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 324 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 follows: 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.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown focuses on academic excellence. Colleagues and peers have recognized our accomplishments and, as a result, the US News and World Report has ranked UPJ as 4th in the North among comprehensive baccalaureate colleges. The quality of the holistic student experience at UPJ remains at the core of our strategic plan, --- stated Dr. Albert L. Etheridge, UPJ President.
Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 9/25/2002 9:00:00 AM