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Outcomes are key factors in rankings rise

(Reading, PA)—Alvernia University ranks in the top tier among 2019 Best Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report. Of the more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the northeast region, U.S. News only ranks 196 in its top tier, and Alvernia is at 105, moving up several positions over past years.


Alvernia’s movement up the ranks over last year can be attributed to successful outcomes in three areas—faculty resources, average first-year retention rates and predicted and actual graduation rates. Rankings are based on data from fall 2017 enrollment figures as well as an average across the last three to four years. Since being ranked by US News & World Report during the past nine years, Alvernia has moved into the top tier and closer to the top 100 mark.


Alvernia has a longstanding commitment to helping students develop their innate talents, discover their passions and lead successful lives with deep meaning and purpose. Through real-world experiences, students graduate well prepared for success in the workplace.


According to U.S. News & World Report, regional universities offer a full range of undergraduate programs, some master's programs and a few doctoral programs. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.


Colleges and universities are ranked by six key indicators—outcomes (35%), peer assessment (20%), faculty resources (20%), student excellence (10%), financial resources (10%) and alumni giving (5%).