U.S. News & World Report Ranks Saint Peter’s Among the Best in the Region
Jersey City, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University is proud to announce that it was ranked among the best in the region in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013 guide. In the categories of Average Amount of Need-Based Aid Awarded and Least Debt, the University ranked in the top three of all private institutions in the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area.
Since the Best Colleges 2012 guide was issued, Saint Peter’s experienced an increase in the average freshmen retention rate and the average graduation rate. The percentage of full-time faculty also increased along with the number of freshmen who were in the top 25 percent of their class.
“As we begin this academic year as Saint Peter’s University, we are filled with pride and excitement for what the future holds,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “Today’s rankings from the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2013 guide gives us even greater motivation as we continue on our path as the Jesuit University of New Jersey. Our rank is truly a tribute to the scores of talented and dedicated faculty, staff, administrators and alumni, who work hard to make Saint Peter’s the institution that it is and maintain a tireless dedication to the success of our students.”
The category of Average Amount of Need-Based Aid Awarded is based on the largest need-based financial aid packages given, on average, during the 2011-2012 school year and the ranking in the Least Debt category means that Saint Peter’s graduates have the lowest debt at the time of their graduation. The data used to determine this ranking include loans taken out by students from the colleges and financial institutions, as well as from federal, state and local governments.
Saint Peter’s University, inspired by its Jesuit, Catholic identity, commitment to individual attention and grounding in the liberal arts, educates a diverse community of learners in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment.