Clarion University ranked by U.S. News & World Report

From staff reports

Clarion University of Pennsylvania was one of 43 colleges and universities to earn a spot in “Top Public Regional Universities North” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges rankings.

The North region encompasses the northeastern United States.

“The excellent academic opportunities offered by Clarion University are evident not only in this year’s 14 percent larger freshman class on the Clarion campus, but also through this recognition by U.S. News & World Report,” Clarion President Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson said in a university news release.

“We are attracting not just greater numbers of students, but higher-performing students. Our freshman class has an average high school GPA of 3.5, and 74 percent of them ranked in the top half of their high school classes.”

Clarion University also ranked 104th in the northern region in the “Top Performers on Social Mobility” category, which measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants.

Students receiving Pell grants usually come from households where family incomes are less than $50,000, though most Pell grant money goes to students with a total family income below $20,000.

In addition, Clarion ranked 113th, tying with Bloomsburg University, in the “Regional Universities North” category.

Other rankings for Clarion include 58th in “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” 89th in “Best Online Graduate Programs” (excluding MBA), 126th in “Best Online MBA Programs” and 154th in “Best Online Graduate Education Programs.”

Rankings are based on outcomes (degree completion), 35 percent; faculty resources, 20 percent; expert opinion, 20 percent; financial resources, 10 percent; student excellence, 10 percent; and alumni giving, 5 percent.

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