Gannon named U.S. News and World Report’s America’s best colleges

Gannon University has been named as one of the the U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges, 2017 Edition. This marks the university’s 13th consecutive year on the list.

Gannon earned the title of Best Value School, ranking 10th among northern regional universities.

It is the only university in northwestern Pennsylvania to earn this distinction.

The U.S. News and World Report uses several factors when determining which schools make its list, including academic quality, which is based on the schools overall ranking in the U.S. News Best Colleges report, and the previous academic year’s net cost of attendance for a student who received the average level of need-based financial aid.

In order to even be considered for the Best Value School list, a college or university must rank in or near the top half of its U.S. News ranking categories.

Universities are grouped based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

This classification system is the most widely accepted classification system in the U.S. higher education.

Vince Paczkoskie, a junior history major and member of Delta Kappa Epsilon, believes that Gannon’s distinction as Best Value School is well deserved.

“After two years at Gannon and going on a third, I would definitely say that Gannon is worth my money,” he said. “The class sizes and engaging teachers always make me want to go to class.”

Paczkoskie also added that Gannon offers a lot to its students outside the classroom as well.

“There are more activities in the form of clubs, Greek Life and other programs than I could have possibly imagined,” Paczkoskie said.

In addition to being named Best Value School, Gannon was also named to the Best Colleges for Veterans list, ranking 29th among the 52 regional universities in the north that made the list.

Gannon was also ranked 51st among Best Regional Universities in the north. This is the university’s highest position on the list in the past four years, marking a seven-position jump from last year’s ranking.

Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph.D., said that it is an honor to be recognized once again by the U.S. News and World Report.

“With the help of our generous alumni and members of the Gannon family, we have expanded upon our financial aid and scholarship opportunities, brought new, innovative technology into our classrooms to enhance hands-on learning and provided regional and global community service and academic experiences for the holistic development of our students,” Taylor said.

“We are proud to continue to provide a student-centric, accessible education as a Best Value School.”

 

LYDIA FENNESSY

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