Susquehanna Rises in U.S. News Best Colleges Ranking

September 09, 2019

Special Rankings Call Out Study Abroad, Social Mobility

Susquehanna University has risen in the 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges released by U.S. News and World Report, climbing 18 places to No. 117 out of the 223 universities included on the National Liberal Arts Colleges list.

Susquehanna is also included on U.S. News’ ranking of universities with exceptional study abroad programs, placing 26th among the select 56 universities listed and one of only four from Pennsylvania.

Universities on this ranking were chosen through a nomination process by invited college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools. Only colleges and universities that received 10 or more nominations were ranked.

New to U.S. News’ rankings this year is one on social mobility that looked at which universities nationally are most successful at enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students who are awarded Federal Pell Grants, the vast majority of which go to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.

Susquehanna ranks 105th out of the 215 universities included in social mobility ranking. Twenty-six percent of Susquehanna’s total enrollment receive Pell grants.

This year’s ranking also includes the proportion of students who are first-generation college students, which was added to the graduation rate performance calculations. This gave schools more credit for their graduation rates achieved with higher proportions of students who were the first in their immediate families to attend college. The data came from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard.

More than 30% of Susquehanna’s total student body are the first members of their families to go to college.

This year marks the 35th edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, which evaluates schools based on measures of academic quality, including outcomes, expert opinions, student excellence and more.

View Susquehanna’s full profile here.

The overall ranking is based on multiple factors across six categories: outcomes (35%), faculty resources (20%), expert opinion (20%), financial resources (10%), student excellence (10%) and alumni giving (5%).

A full methodology can be found here.

Susquehanna is regularly ranked as one of the best small liberal arts universities in the country. The university has also been included in prestigious rankings from The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly, Money Magazine, Kipplinger’s and Zippia.

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