Marywood included in national rankings


Marywood ranked in several categories, including best value, best college for veterans and best regional university. Photo credit: Briana Ryan

Briana Ryan

U.S. News & World Report released their Best Colleges rankings and Marywood once again placed in the best value, best college for veterans and best regional university categories.

2019 Best Value School: Ranked 29 out of 88 schools

To compile the rankings of each school in the best value category, U.S. News & World Report took into consideration the ratio of quality to price, need-based aid and the average discount for each university.

2019 Best Colleges for Veterans: Tied at 24 out of 56 schools

U.S. News & World Report rankings for the best colleges for veterans were based on the number of veterans and active service members at each university. The university must also be certified for the G.I. Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

2019 Best Regional Universities-North: Tied at 43 out of 196 schools

U.S. News & World Report ranks the best regional universities through statistical quantitative and qualitative measures that education experts have decided are reliable indicators of a quality education.

U.S. News & World Report announced the rankings of the top universities on Sept. 12. Last year, U.S. News & World Report rated Marywood in the following categories:

  • 2018 Best Value School: Ranked 31 out of 84 schools
  • 2018 Best Colleges for Veterans: Ranked 34 out of 50 schools
  • 2018 Best Regional Universities-North: Tied at 56 out of 196 schools

Marywood Public Relations Coordinator Sherry Frable said she is pleased with this year’s rankings compared to last year’s rankings.

“We actually moved up quite a bit this year so even though we were happy with our rankings last year, we’re much happier with our results this year,” said Frable. “U.S. and News & World Report is just one of those rankings that all of the colleges are concerned about.”

Frable said U.S. News & World Report takes a different approach to the rankings compared to other websites.

“[Other online rankings] just go into your website and they pluck the information that’s there so you can’t elaborate or give them any additional information,” said Frable. “U.S. News & World Report actually reaches out to the universities and gathers information.”

Marywood was also one of only two regional universities ranked in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category.

Director of Military and Veteran Services Christopher Smith said that the ranking will help veterans seeking higher education.

“We’ve been a military-friendly school for a long time, so I’m really excited about the ranking,” said Smith. “Having this list is very beneficial because it can point veterans to the schools that are going to make sure they succeed and do everything in their power to help them to get to the career path that they have chosen.”

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