University of Scranton Ranked Nationally

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The University of Scranton ranked No. 107 among the 695 master’s universities in the nation included in a 2018 listing by Washington Monthly that seeks to rate colleges based on their contribution to the public good. Published in the September/October issue of the magazine and online, Washington Monthly analyzed numerous data sets to determine an overall rank, as well as a score and rank of colleges for “research,” “social mobility” and “community and national service.” Scranton ranked No. 55, No. 201 and No. 207, respectively, in these categories among master’s universities.

In addition, Washington Monthly also ranked schools in multiple data points. Scranton’s highest rankings in its category were: No. 17 for graduation rate; No. 31 for its student loan repayment; No. 43 for ROTC; and No. 52 for graduates earning Ph.D.s.

Washington Monthly weighted equally the colleges’ scores for research, social mobility and service to calculate the overall ranking. The research score is based on each school’s research expenditure and the number of alumni earning Ph.D.s, relative to the size of the college. The social mobility score is based on actual and predicted graduation rates; student loan repayment rates; actual verses predicted median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrollment; and the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants and the percentage of first generation college students, among other factors. The service score, also adjusted for the size of the school, is based on the size of the ROTC program; the number of alumni serving in the Peace Corps; and the percentage of federal work study grant money spent on community service projects.

Earlier this month, U.S. News and World Report ranked the University No. 6 for the “Best Regional Universities in the North,” marking the 25th consecutive year that Scranton ranked in the top 10 in its category. U.S. News also ranked Scranton No. 3 in its category in a listing of the top 168 colleges in the nation expressing “A Strong Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching” and No. 11 in its category in a ranking of the “Most Innovative Schools” that recognized just 159 colleges in America, among other rankings.