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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Springfield College has advanced into the Top 20 in its category in the 2020 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings, released Monday, September 9. In the “Best Regional Universities — North Region,” Springfield College is ranked 19th, which is the first time in school history that the College has landed in the Top 20.
This year’s ranking continues to represent a consistent rise in the rankings for Springfield College over the last 10 years. Springfield College has seen an increase in its ranking in nine of the last 10 years, including jumping up nine spots from 2019. The College has moved up 48 spots from 2011.
“Our extraordinary rise in the rankings is confirmation of the commitment of our faculty and staff to cultivating academic excellence at Springfield College,” said Springfield College President Mary-Beth A. Cooper. “A Springfield College education, grounded in the Humanics philosophy, continues to be well regarded.”
The constant ranking in the top tier is spurred by improved graduation rated and improved retention of first-year students. The ratings are based on such variables as peer assessment, graduation and retention rated, student selectivity, class size, alumni giving, and student-faculty ratio.
“But one of the most important variables that they rate you on is other presidents, we do a peer review,” said President Cooper. “So every January or February, I get a big spreadsheet of all the other colleges, and I rank them based on my perception of how well they’re doing, and academic rigor, and alumni giving, and so it’s like being rated by your peers.”
“So your other colleges are noticing that Springfield College is getting stronger and stronger and stronger, so that peer review for me is the thing that has the most power,” she added.
Springfield College welcomes more than 1,200 new incoming students to its campus community for the 2019-20 academic year. For the second time in three years, Springfield College welcomed more than 600 incoming undergraduate students to the main campus at the start of the academic year.
As a result of another successful summer and fall student recruiting effort, Springfield College welcomes an incoming first-year class that represents the strongest academic profile in the College’s history — surpassing last year’s record high academic profile.
And even though Springfield College has just landed in the Top 20, President Cooper has her eyes set on continuing to improve.
“My goal is to be in the Top 10, so we’ll see if we can get there,” she said.
Springfield College also ranked a top college for best value
Springfield College was also ranked 15th in its category of the U.S.News & World Report‘s Best Value rankings that showcase colleges with high quality and a lower cost, up four spots from last year. This is the fourth consecutive year that Springfield College has been listed in the Best Values category. The Best Values category takes into account a college’s academic quality and net cost of attendance. According to U.S.News, the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the value.
Springfield College was also ranked once again in U.S.News‘ A+ Schools for B Students category. According to U.S.News, colleges in this category have strong ratings and accept a significant number of students with non-stratospheric transcripts.
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