New “Best Colleges” Rankings: Penn and Swarthmore Near Top, Villanova Rises

L to R: Buildings at Penn, Swarthmore, and Villanova.

U.S. News and World Report just dropped its annual ranking of the country’s best colleges and universities and the usual suspects made the cut.

For 2018, the University of Pennsylvania unsurprisingly maintained its #8 rank in the national universities category. Last year, it tied with Duke for the spot but came out on top as Duke slipped into 9th.

Villanova University stayed in the top 50 and actually jumped to spot no. 46 this year. 2017 marked the first time the school placed in the nation’s top 50.  Read more »

The Best Philly-Area Hospitals, According to U.S. News & World Report

This morning, U.S. News & World Reports released their annual Best Hospitals rankings, and we think our Philly hospital workers deserve a round of applause. Two Philly medical centers — Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals — nabbed spots on the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll, which highlights the top 20 hospitals in the U.S. that deliver exceptional care across multiple areas of care.

We’ll pause for applause.

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Here’s Where CHOP Ranks Among Leading U.S. Children’s Hospitals

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

For the third consecutive year, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the second best pediatric medical center in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

For the 2017-18 rankings, U.S. News requested medical data and other information from 187 facilities across the country. This year, 113 of those medical centers—seven more than last year—submitted adequate information to be evaluated in the rankings.

CHOP was surpassed Boston Children’s Hospital, which took the top spot for the third consecutive year. In 2012, the two hospitals tied for first place. CHOP was last ranked no. 1 in 2013.

Like last year, U.S. News released a Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll, which awards pediatric centers that “deliver high-quality care across multiple specialties”: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. CHOP was one of 10 hospitals to earn a place on the special list, ranking second after Boston Children’s Hospital, which was named no. 1 in five specialities.  Read more »

Usual Suspects Top 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools List

Julia Reynolds Masterman School

We’re No. 1! (Or No. 2, or No. 51, depending on which list you’re using.) | Photo: Public domain image by Smallbones from Wikimedia Commons

The single best high school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania remains the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory School in Philadelphia.

But in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list, the school fell a few places in the national rankings. The school, one of only two in the Greater Philadelphia region to make it into the ranks of the top 100 nationwide, placed 51st.

Which makes it the second-best high school in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Top honors go to the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware, which ranked 48th nationally. Read more »

These Are the Best Philly-Area Hospitals, According to U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News and World Report just released its annual Best Hospitals rankings and — drumroll, please — The Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian landed on the Best Hospitals Honor Roll, earning the ninth spot on the list of 20 hospitals across the nation recognized for delivering exceptional treatment in multiple areas of care. They also rank number one in the Philadelphia metro area and in Pennsylvania. We think they deserve a round of applause, don’t you?

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Report: CHOP Still One of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the U.S.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Photo by Jeff Fusco.

U.S. News and World Report once again confirms that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is one of the best pediatric hospitals in the country.

This year’s rankings, released Tuesday morning, place CHOP at number two on the list of the Best Children’s Hospitals, behind Boston Children’s Hospital for the second consecutive year.

In previous years, CHOP and Boston Children’s have been the main contenders for the top spot. The two hospitals tied for first place on the annual list in 2012 and in 2013, CHOP took first place.

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