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University secures top 100 spot in U.S. News and World Report for second consecutive year


For the second consecutive year, 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 2021 Best Regional Universities in the North. Of the more than 1,500 colleges and universities in the northeast region, U.S. News only ranks 176, and Alvernia is at 96 in the top tier.


“Alvernia’s transformative mission unites our community and is a major factor for the university reaching this milestone for a second consecutive year,” said Alvernia President John R. Loyack. “Our entire community, including our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners, have earned this praise for continuing to push our institution, despite ongoing challenges created by COVID-19, to new prominence among regional universities.”


Since being ranked by US News & World Report during the past decade, 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 17 metrics in six key categories—outcomes (40%), faculty resources (20%), expert opinion (20%), financial resources (10%), student excellence (7%) and alumni giving (3%).