University earns national, regional recognition

Shippensburg University is once again ranked among the top universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report as part of its annual rankings. The university’s John L. Grove College of Business was also ranked among the best undergraduate business programs.

In addition, the university was recognized for its quality by several other media organizations.

In U.S. News & World Report's 2014 edition of Best Colleges, Shippensburg is tied for 93rd in the “Regional University” category among all institutions in the North region. In addition, the university was tied for 27th among only public universities in the region. 

“Shippensburg continues to be recognized for its academic quality, its ability to offer students an outstanding experience and for offering a great education at an affordable price, said Interim President Jody Harpster. “We’re grateful that the hard work by faculty and all members of the campus community is acknowledged by so many different groups.”

The publication evaluated 621 regional universities. In explaining the methodology behind the rankings, the publication said information was gathered from and about each institution in various areas including assessment by peers and counselors, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate.

Grove College was again recognized in the publication’s “Best Undergraduate Business Programs” category. The college was ranked 342nd out of 681 undergraduate programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The ranking was determined in a survey last spring of deans and senior faculty at all AACSB accredited undergraduate business programs.

The university was also featured on Washington Monthly’s 2013 Best Bang for the Buck Rankings. The university ranked 109th out of 1,572 institutions overall and was ranked 46th among just institutions that offer masters degrees. The magazine said the listing is “of the colleges in America that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

According to the magazine, the listing was based on four criteria: At least 20 percent of students must receive Pell Grants, the graduation rate must be least 50 percent, the actual graduation rate must meet or exceed the rate that would be statistically predicted for that school given the number of lower-income students admitted, and the student loan default rate must be 10 percent or less.

Affordable Colleges Online ranks Shippensburg 40th out of 81 Pennsylvania universities and colleges with the greatest lifetime return on investment. A total of 402 colleges and universities were reviewed before 81 were chosen to be partof the rankings. The ranking takes into account low net costs and high lifetime earnings of graduates. According to information from the organization, the rankings identify “the 81 colleges in Pennsylvania where degrees pay off the most. Students who graduate from these colleges earn more over their lifetimes, on average, than graduates from other Pennsylvania institutions.”