September 09, 2015
Susquehanna University has earned a place in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 Best Colleges ranking for Liberal Arts Colleges, which was released Wednesday. Decided by factors including cost, graduation rates, student-faculty ratios and class sizes, Susquehanna has tied with five other schools at number 120.
The rankings are based on weighted criteria, including graduation and retention, assessment of excellence, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving. According to their website, scores are based on both quantitative factors and qualitative ones, such as assessment by administrators at peer institutions.
Among the factors contributing to the score were Susquehanna's low student-to-faculty ratio (12:1) and 76 percent graduation rate (more than 20 percentage points above the national average). The rankings allow prospective students and their families compare schools side by side, and it provides a profile of each school that outlines cost, application, academic and student life, and safety, among other factors. Susquehanna's full profile can be found here.