‘U.S. NEWS’ Ranks Springfield College in Top Tier in New ‘2010 America’s Best Colleges’ IssueAugust 21, 2009
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 21, 2009 – Springfield College is again ranked in the top tier in its category in the “America’s Best Colleges” issue of “U.S.News & World Report.” The 2010 rankings were released Aug. 20, and Springfield College appears in the category of Best Universities – Master’s – North Region.
Highlights of the 2010 college rankings will be published in the September issue of “U.S.News & World Report,” available at newsstands Monday, Aug. 24. The “2009 America's Best Colleges” guidebook will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn received advance notice of the rankings this week. “It is gratifying that this annual resource, which is one useful tool for high school students and parents, continually attests to the excellence of education at Springfield College,” Flynn said. “Choosing the right college is a complex process for each student involving many factors and personal preferences. In addition to measures reported in ‘U.S. News,’ students must consider a college’s academic programs, facilities, activities, athletic and recreational programs, campus life, location, cost, and availability of financial aid.
“For 125 years, Springfield College has been the right choice for students seeking a balanced development of spirit, mind and body. We are committed to continuing our top-tier excellence in educating leaders for the health sciences, human and social services, sports and movement studies, education, and the arts and sciences,” Flynn said.
U.S. News annually ranks all accredited colleges and universities in the nation by several key measures of quality, giving its greatest weight to the opinions of college leaders in positions to judge other schools’ undergraduate academic excellence. Other key measures include graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.
U.S. News ranks institutions within classifications developed by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Springfield College is classified within Master’s Colleges and Universities, which includes institutions that award bachelor’s degrees, plus at least 50 master’s degrees and fewer than 20 doctoral degrees annually. U.S. News further divides that classification into four regions: north, south, midwest and west.
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