U.S. News ranks Pitt-Bradford in top tier of region

US News Regional 2011

Pitt-Bradford has been ranked as one of the best regional colleges in the North by U.S.News & World Report.

            Pitt-Bradford tied for 31st place among the best regional colleges in the north in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S.News Media Group. A total of 62 schools were included in the category.

            It is the second time that Pitt-Bradford has broken into the top tier of regional schools in the publication. The first was in 2008.

            The exclusive rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, on newsstands starting Aug. 31.

            Pitt- Bradford was one of only 10 Pennsylvania and 11 public colleges to make the list, which includes schools from Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Delaware and New Jersey.

            “This is an exciting new development for our campus and our community,” said Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford. “The first-tier ranking by U.S.News & World Report tops off a year of remarkable milestones for our campus and noteworthy achievements by our faculty and staff.”

            Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings are the assessment of college presidents, deans and other administrators (25 percent), graduation and retention rates (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

            Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has grown to be the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

            Earlier this month, Pitt-Bradford was recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the best schools in the northeast for the seventh consecutive year.