Jersey City, N.J. – September 18, 2023 – Saint Peter’s University has continued its impressive climb in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings of colleges and universities by joining the top 50 universities in the Regional North category. The University is now ranked 45th following an increase of 13 places since last year. This ranking is the highest the University has ever placed with U.S. News & World Report. Saint Peter’s is also ranked 3rd on the “Best Value Schools” list – top ranked among New Jersey institutions – and 6th for social mobility in the Regional North category. Additionally, the University garnered an accolade for “Best College for Veterans.”
Saint Peter’s significant improvements in the rankings can be attributed to a number of factors, but most notably are the changes to the ranking system for 2024. According to U.S. News & World Report, this year’s rankings place “a greater emphasis on social mobility and outcomes for graduating college students.” The methodology also places an “increased weighting on a schools’ success in graduating students from different backgrounds.”
“U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings have been and continue to be an essential resource for students and families in the college decision-making process,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “At Saint Peter’s, we believe the changes to this year’s rankings reveal a more accurate depiction of what colleges and universities have to offer. Saint Peter’s ranking gains are a reflection of the University’s dedication to student success, particularly in areas that matter to our students.”
In order to determine the best value rankings, U.S. News & World Report considers factors such as the institution’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. Colleges and universities that were ranked highest on this list had the best quality programs at the lowest cost.
Saint Peter’s was ranked highest in the state of New Jersey in social mobility. U.S. News & World Report defines social mobility by a college’s success in the upward socio-economic movement of students by enrolling and graduating students awarded federal grants.
U.S. News & World Report defines a regional university as one that provides a full-range of undergraduate programs and master’s programs, but few doctoral programs. The North Regional University category includes institutions of this nature in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington D.C.
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For 150 years, 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, doctoral and professional programs to excel intellectually, lead ethically, serve compassionately and promote justice in our ever-changing urban and global environment. To learn more, please visit saintpeters.edu.