Springfield College has once again moved up the list of highest ranked colleges in the influential U.S.News & World Report’s latest edition of "Best Colleges.”
In the 2015 report, released today, Springfield College is ranked 31—up six spots from last year, and 24 from two years ago—in the first tier in the category of Best Regional Universities – North. There are 138 colleges in the first tier and 180 overall in the category.
Led by Villanova University and Providence College, the Regional Universities - North category includes institutions from the northern United States that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.
“We are always pleased to be recognized for the quality education we offer our students,” said Springfield College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jean Wyld. “Since these ratings consider metrics such as the graduation rate, it is great to have our focus on student success recognized."
Springfield College’s rise in the rankings is spurred by improved graduation rates and improved retention of first-year students.
The ratings are based on such variables as peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, class size, alumni giving, and student-faculty ratio.
Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2015 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News Media Group, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Human Services campuses across the country.