September 13, 2016
U.S. News & World Report has released their 2017 college rankings, placing West Chester University at #16 on their list of Top Public Schools (North) and #61 among all Regional Universities North. WCU also ranks #35 in Best Colleges for Veterans.
West Chester is also included on the U.S. News list of 32 "A+ Schools for B Students" in Regional Universities North. Appearance on this list was determined by the colleges’ numerical ranking in the top three-fourths of their 2017 Best Colleges ranking categories and by where first-year students had placed in their high school class, as well as freshman retention rate (2011 – 2014).
Earlier this year, U.S. News released other college rankings for specific master’s programs, placing West Chester at #55 for Best Online MBA, #78 in Graduate Social Work, and #199 in Speech-Language Pathology (Communication Sciences and Disorders).
U.S. News ranks more than 1,300 schools on their lists, using indicators that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty and its financial resources, along with outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students. Schools are evaluated on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, such as student selectivity, faculty resources and graduation rates, among other factors.