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Outcomes are key factors in rankings rise

Alvernia University is ranked in the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. According to U.S. News & World Report, the university is among the 2020 Best Regional Universities in the North. Of the more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the northeast region, U.S. News only ranks 170, and Alvernia is at 94 in the top tier, moving up several positions over last year.


“The climb in these latest rankings is a testament to our community’s collective dedication to the transformative Alvernia mission,” said Alvernia President John R. Loyack. “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners should celebrate and share this news with the knowledge that their efforts have continually pushed this institution to greater heights.”


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 2018 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 now to among the top 100.


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 experiential learning, students graduate well prepared for success in the workplace. In the last five years, 95% of students are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.


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%), faculty resources (20%), expert opinion (20%), student excellence (10%), financial resources (10%) and alumni giving (5%).