September 18, 2018

Susquehanna University is listed among the top 20 percent of colleges and universities in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/Times Higher Education (THE) 2019 college rankings. The guide primarily measures student success and learning.

Susquehanna ranks No. 189 out of nearly 1,000 schools measured.

The WSJ/THE rankings emphasize how well a college will prepare students for life after graduation. The overall ranking is based on 15 factors across four categories: 40 percent of each school’s overall score comes from student outcomes, including a measure of graduate salaries, 30 percent from the resources a school devotes to academics, 20 percent from how well it engages its students, and 10 percent from the diversity of its students and staff.

Susquehanna ranks at 153 in terms of outcomes, which measures graduate salaries, graduation rate, graduates’ abilities to repay student debt and academic reputation.

The university places 223 in terms of resources, which measures how much money each university spends on teaching per student, the ratio of students to faculty members and the number of published scholarly research papers per faculty.

The rankings include 189,000 responses from students to survey questions including how challenging they find their classes, how often faculty encourage them to apply classroom instruction to the real world, and whether they have opportunities to collaborate with classmates.

A full methodology can be found here, along with the complete list of schools.

Additional data comes from a variety of sources, including the U.S. government (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System or IPEDS), the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) center, the College Scorecard and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).