U.S. News & World Report has recognized the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in four areas in its prestigious 2022 Best Colleges rankings released Monday, including being both a best value and top public school in the North.
In the rankings, Pitt-Bradford was compared to other colleges in the northern region: Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
Pitt-Bradford ranked eighth on the list of top performers on social mobility, 13th on the list of top public schools, 14th in best value schools and 18th in regional colleges in the North.
This is the second consecutive year that U.S. News has recognized the campus in its rankings.
“We are so happy to be recognized again by U.S. News & World Report,” said Interim Pitt-Bradford President Rick Esch. “We’re especially proud to be recognized in the areas of social mobility, top public schools and best value schools, because we work hard to give students the best bang for their buck and the skills they need to reach their goals.”
Now in its 37th year, the rankings evaluate more than 1,466 colleges and universities on up to 17 measures of academic quality, including graduation and retention rates; undergraduate academic reputation as determined by peer institutions; and faculty resources, such as class size, faculty pay, and the percentage of faculty with a terminal degree in their field.
In its data listed for the most recent year on record, U.S. News reported that the median starting salary of Pitt-Bradford alumni is $40,100. In the area of financial aid, the U.S. News report said that at Pitt-Bradford, the average need-based scholarship or grant for first-year students was $14,910.
Additionally, 91% of students that year received need-based financial aid, which includes federal loans and work study. In 2022, the average need-based aid awarded to first-year students was 86%.
Pitt-Bradford also awards merit-based aid for academic achievement. In 2022, the average non-need-based scholarship or grant awarded to first-year students was $3,329.
This is the third national ranking Pitt-Bradford has received in as many weeks. Last month, it was named among the Best Northeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review for the 18th year in a row.
It was also recognized for the sixth year in a row by Washington Monthly, a publication that bases its national rankings on social mobility, research and community, and national service. Washington Monthly recognized the campus as not only a top bachelor’s degree college but also a “Best Bang for the Buck” school among colleges in the Northeast.