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SFU lauded in US News Best Colleges rankings

September 12, 2018 Tags: Academics , Distinctions

Saint Francis University is pleased to announce that it has once again made the prestigious list of the “Best Regional Universities” in the northern United States. 

According to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best Colleges rankings survey, Saint Francis is now 28th among the 196 universities in the 10-state north region.

The “Best Regional University” survey compares universities that offer a robust selection of both master’s level programs and undergraduate education.  SFU Distinctions graphic

SFU scored exceptionally well on metrics that evaluated the student experience including first-year student retention rates, the percentage of classes under 20 students, a low faculty to student ratio, and high graduation rates. 

“At Saint Francis University we challenge our students to explore their talents to become who they are meant to be. Measuring that type of transformational experience goes far beyond traditional outputs, yet much of the methodology employed by U.S. News in compiling its rankings supports the tangible student outcomes that we are seeing," said University President Fr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R.

One new initiative that the university is using to promote, document, and track student transformations is a co-curricular transcript referred to colloquially as “The L.I.S.T.”  The Leadership, Involvement, and Service Transcript (LIST) is an official University document which tracks accomplishments in six areas of Transformational Experiences: campus ministry, community service, leadership experiences, internships, research, and study abroad.

Other recent distinctions for the university include ranking in the top 20% nationally when it comes to economic mobility of its graduate according to the New York Times; and being named a “Best College” by the national financial publication, MONEY, and a “Catholic College of Distinction” and “Pennsylvania College of Distinction” by Colleges of Distinction

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