U.S. News 2019 Best College Rankings: Where Local Universities Placed

L to R: Buildings at Penn, Swarthmore and Villanova, all featured in the U.S. News 2019 Best College Rankings

Some of us follow college rankings religiously. Others, not so much.

For those who fall into the former category (or those who can’t help but sneak a peak): U.S. News & World Report, the ultimate educational institution ranker, has just released its 2019 Best College rankings.

Of course, a number of local universities and colleges made the rankings. Here are some notable takeaways:

The U.S. News report also ranked regional colleges and public schools, as well as the most “innovative” schools and those that offer the “best value.”

Regional school rankings:

Public school rankings:

You’re probably wondering how U.S. News calculated the most “innovative” and “best value” schools …

When it came to “best value,” the 2019 Best College rankings considered the school’s academic quality (per the 2018 Best Colleges ranking) and the 2017–2018 net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid. Low-cost schools with high-quality programs ranked best.

According to that method, here’s how our local universities ranked:

To find the most “innovative” schools for the 2019 Best College rankings, U.S. News asked top college officials to identify institutions that are making the most “innovative improvements” in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, or facilities, then selected the schools that received the most nominations. That includes:

For more information on the U.S. News 2019 Best College rankings, including information on how universities are ranked, visit the organization’s website.

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