September 12, 2018

For the second consecutive year, the beautiful Borough of West Chester tops the 2018 list of Best College Towns according to (HSI).As befits the entity that compiled the list, internet connectivity is a prime factor they considered when they set their tool “The U.S. City You Should be Living In” to search for criteria that should be important to college students. They also evaluated low cost of living, walkability, low crime rate, and a predominantly single and educated population. The algorithm uses data from sites across the web, including,,, C2ER,, Kelly Norton, and Walk Score. “We adapted this tool to find cities with an ideal environment for college students,” notes HSI staffer Rachel Oaks.

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West Chester Is #17 on U.S. News Best Public Schools List

In its 2019 rankings of best colleges, U.S. News positions West Chester at #17 on its list of Top Public Regional Universities North. On its list combining both public and private institutions, U.S. News ranks WCU at #68 in Best Regional Universities North. The University is ranked #38 in Best Schools for Veterans.

And confirming the value of a West Chester University education, U.S. News places WCU at #69 (up from #82 last year) on its list of Best Value Schools/Regional Universities North.

For its 2019 rankings, U.S. News collected data on more than 1,800 schools and ranked just under 1,400 of them on 16 measures of academic quality. Accredited four-year colleges and universities report most of the information directly to U.S. News, which annually surveys them via an extensive questionnaire, and much of these data are not readily accessible anywhere else.

For the 2019 rankings, U.S. News changed the ranking methodology to place the greatest value on student outcomes, which account for 35 percent of the rankings, up from 30 percent last year. The 2019 methodology now incorporates new social mobility indicators that measure how well schools succeed at enrolling and graduating students from low-income families.

The full rankings, data, and methodologies can only be found via the U.S. News College Compass.

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