Penn Slips in New Colleges Rankings from U.S. News & World Report
It’s that time of year again — when college students go back to school, see old friends and probably hit the year’s first party. It’s also the time of year when U.S. News & World Report publishes its annual ranking of colleges.
The University of Pennsylvania is always a top contender, but this year had a slip in the rankings. In fact, it was the only school from last year’s top 10 to shift at all, dropping from a tie at No. 8 to No. 9.
Others that made U.S. News & World Report‘s top 200? Temple, Drexel, Widener and (wait for it…) Immaculata University. Yes, the Mighty Macs of Immaculata made the list despite being a small Roman Catholic university with an undergrad enrollment of just 2,138.
The methodology for the list took into account first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of faculty.
Philly Colleges Ranked:
|Rank||College||Tuition and Fees||Undergrad Enrollment||Acceptance Rate|
|9||University of Pennsylvania||$49,536||9,746||10.4%|
|99 (tied)||Drexel University||$48,791||14,503||76.0%
|115 (tied)||Temple University||$15,096 (in-state)|
|161 (tied)||Immaculata University||$33,280||2,138||75.9%|
|187 (tied)||Widener University||$41,224||3,437||65.0%
U.S. News & World Report also ranked liberal arts colleges — and Philly-area schools ranked particularly well. Swarthmore College and Haverford College ranked in the top 12.
Philly Liberal Arts Colleges Ranked:
|Rank||College||Tuition and Fees||Total Enrollment||Fall 2014 Acceptance Rate
|12 (tie)||Haverford College||$49,098||1,194||24.7%|
|25 (tie)||Bryn Mawr College||$47,140||1,709||40.5%|
|93 (tie)||Ursinus College||$47,700||1,681||83.2%|