October 06, 2017

Susquehanna University is listed among the top 16 percent of colleges and universities in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/Times Higher Education (THE) 2018 college rankings. The guide primarily measures student success and learning.

Susquehanna moved to No. 172 out of more than 1,000 schools in the ranking, up from No. 180 last year.

The ranking includes clear performance indicators designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives-whom to trust with their education.

Factored into the ranking are the results of the THE U.S. Student Survey, which is based on 200,000 current student voices and asks students about career preparation and whether they think their school was worth the cost. Students are also asked about their engagement with their studies, their interaction with teachers and their satisfaction with their experience.

Colleges are evaluated across four core competencies: credibility in terms of producing good outcomes for students (40 percent); capacity for teaching (30 percent); capability for engaging students (20 percent); and community (10 percent).

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).

Other recent national recognitions for Susquehanna include:

  • The Princeton Review, No. 9 for study abroad and science facilities;
  • Money magazine for the upward mobility of Susquehanna’s graduates;
  • Forbes business magazine for the value of a Susquehanna degree;
  • The Fiske Guide to Colleges for the university’s challenging academics, small class sizes, access to study-abroad opportunities and competitive athletic teams;
  • Zippia Inc., which ranked Susquehanna ninth nationwide for job placement;
  • Universities.com, which ranked Susquehanna in the top 10 best colleges with publishing degrees.