College ranks No.1

The College remains the top-ranked public institution in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities for the northern region of the country, according to a press release from College Relations. The 2013 edition ranks the College as the top public and No. 6 overall school in the standings for the Best Regional Universities category for the north.

For the third time since 2009, the College was listed as an “Up-and-Comer” for 2013. The College was one of 49 institutions cited by its peers for making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus and facilities.

The College ties with No. 1-ranked Villanova University for highest average freshman retention rate, 95 percent, and also has the highest percentage of freshmen in the top quarter of their high school class.

“Rankings such as this provide validation for what we who are part of (the College) family have long known that (the school) is one of the best public colleges in the nation and is both a innovator and a standard setter when it comes to undergraduate education,” said President R. Barbara Gitenstein in the press release.