Monday, August 25, 2008

U.S. News & World Report Moves Siena College Up in College Rankings

In rankings released Aug. 22, the U.S. News & World Report 2009 Edition of “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” includes Siena College at #118, which moves the college up from last year’s #122. This year marks the second year that Siena has been classified in the “top schools” category, which includes the top 50 percent of liberal arts schools.

The rankings are based on various indicators of an institution's quality, including academic reputation, student selectivity, freshman retention, graduation rate, faculty and financial resources and alumni giving.

Siena improved in overall score by four points, from 44 to 48. The college’s peer assessment score also rose, from 2.6 to 2.7, and the admissions acceptance rate decreased from 55 percent to 54 percent.

“This is a continued indication of Siena’s strong academic reputation and distinctive mission and shows positive progress toward attainment of goals set forth in our strategic plan” said Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D., president of the college.

U.S. News college rankings are the best-known in the country and frequently referenced by prospective students in their college search. This year’s rankings, which were posted to U.S. News & World Report's Website today (Aug. 22) and will be available at newsstands on Aug. 29.

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