Manhattan College prides itself on being one of the best institutions in the country, and the College was recognized for just that in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” survey. Manhattan topped the list as the No. 17 regional university in the North for the second year in a row. In addition, Manhattan College’s chemical engineering program was selected as the fifth best in the nation — a standout in an already top-ranking engineering school. The annual survey will be published in the September magazine on Aug. 31 and the 2011 guidebook, is available at newsstands on Aug. 24.
“This year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings continue to place Manhattan College among the very best colleges of its kind. The overall ranking, combined with the national recognition of our strength in engineering, recognizes our commitment to academic excellence across all five of our schools,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College.
Led by the chemical engineering department, Manhattan College’s renowned school of engineering received an overall ranking and tied for 38 out of 190 engineering schools that offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees. U.S. News ranks undergraduate engineering programs accredited by ABET, Inc. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology).
Manhattan College not only ranked 17 out of the 126 best regional universities in the North, but also the College attained additional recognition in economic diversity. Among all of the schools surveyed in the regional universities category, Manhattan College was listed as one of the top-ranked schools for economic diversity due to a significant amount of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants for low-income students.
“Manhattan College has long been committed to providing an excellent educational experience for students from widely various backgrounds; the economic diversity of our student body is a great strength in itself, as well as an indication of our fidelity to our mission," added O’Donnell.
The Best Regional Universities (North) category also includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs but offer few, if any, doctoral programs. The 572 universities in the category are ranked within four geographic areas – North, South, Midwest and West – because they tend to draw students mostly from surrounding states.
The 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and, for National Universities and National Liberal Art Colleges, “graduation rate performance” and high school counselor ratings of colleges. U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges’ ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth
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