Salve Regina’s overall ranking among the best institutions of higher education in the United States climbed five places in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Colleges survey, and the University was also hailed in categories for best undergraduate teaching, best value school, best college for veterans and top performer on social mobility.

Salve Regina University was tied for #23 in Regional Universities North and reportedly has an enrollment of 2,021 and tuition of fees of $41,450.

In addition to being ranked 23rd overall (up from 28th last year) in the publication’s Regional Universities – North category, Salve Regina ranked 28th in best undergraduate teaching, climbed two spots to 11th in best colleges for veterans, ranked 31st as a best value school and ranked 114th in a new category, top performer on social mobility.

“Salve Regina was also identified as being more successful than other universities at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000. Economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college,” Salve Regina states on their website.

Elsewhere in Rhode Island;

  • Providence College – #1 in Regional Universities North
  • Bryant University – #7 in Regional Universities North
  • Brown University – #14 in National Universities
  • Salve Regina University – #23 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • Roger Williams University – #28 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • Johnson & Wales – #80 in Regional Universities North
  • Rhode Island College – #116 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • University of Rhode Island – #166 (tie) in National Universities

Princeton University remains No. 1 among National Universities, while Williams College is once again in the top spot among National Liberal Arts Colleges. This year, public schools in California, Florida and New York excel in enrolling and graduating large proportions of low-income students. Further, the University of California—Los Angeles maintains its spot as the No. 1 Top Public School among National Universities.

2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

National Universities – Top 3
1. Princeton University (NJ)
2. Harvard University (MA)
3. Columbia University (NY) (tie)
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)
3. Yale University (CT) (tie)

National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. Williams College (MA)
2. Amherst College (MA)
3. Swarthmore College (PA) (tie)
3. Wellesley College (MA) (tie)

Top Public Schools

National Universities – Top 3
1. University of California—Los Angeles
2. University of California—Berkeley
3. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. United States Naval Academy (MD)
2. United States Military Academy (NY)
3. United States Air Force Academy (CO)

Top Performers on Social Mobility

National Universities – Top 3
1. University of California—Riverside
2. University of California—Santa Cruz
3. University of California—Irvine

National Liberal Arts Colleges – Top 3
1. Cornell College (IA)
2. Agnes Scott College (GA)
3. Houghton College (NY)

Now in its 35th year, U.S. News annually rates more than 1,800 colleges and universities on 15 diverse measures of academic quality, including first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.

To calculate the top schools, U.S. News focuses on academic quality and places emphasis on outcome measures – including graduation rates, retention rates and social mobility. Outcomes are the mostly highly weighted ranking factor, contributing 35% to each school’s overall score.

To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value for students, U.S. News considered both academic quality and cost of attendance for students who received the average level of need-based financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the U.S. News ranking.

U.S. News provides nearly 50 different types of numerical rankings and lists to help students narrow their college search, from National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges to A-Plus Schools for B Students.

See the full report at U.S. News Best Colleges

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