September 01, 2023

Forbes business magazine named Susquehanna University one of the top universities in Pennsylvania in its latest college ranking.

Susquehanna places at No. 27 among Pennsylvania colleges and universities included in Forbes’ nationwide ranking of four-year schools. The university has steadily moved up in Forbes’ overall ranking of 500 colleges and universities, placing at No. 413 in the latest report.

Forbes’ ranking begins with a list of U.S. colleges that educate undergraduates according to their Carnegie Classification — a higher education framework that categorizes institutions based on the types of degrees they offer, their research output and specialty focus. Data for the ranking is drawn from the following sources: the College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, two federal databases that track student outcomes and institutional characteristics; PayScale, a salary reporting and comparison company; Third Way, a company that developed the Price-to-Earnings Premium; and the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics.

Forbes weighted this data in seven general categories: alumni salary (20%); student debt (15%); return on investment (15%); graduation rate (15%); Forbes American Leaders List (15%); retention rate (10%); and academic success (10%).

For the list of colleges and a detailed methodology, go here.