Rider slips five spots on U.S. News’ Best Colleges list

By Katie Zeck

Rider has slipped into a tie for 26th place on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Colleges in the Regional University North division, a 5-spot shift from last year’s ranking of 21.


This year, Rider shares its 26th spot with Alfred University, Hood College, LaSalleUniversity, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Wagner College. In 2011, Rider shared it’s ranking with Rowan University. Rowan has since moved up to 19.


However, out of the 193 schools that were ranked in Rider’s division, the only New Jersey colleges and universities that ranked higher than Rider were The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University.


There are 2,618 accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States, according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


Rider has improved since 2010 when the University came in at 36 on the Best Colleges list.


The Washington D.C.-based news magazine ranks the colleges and universities in their respective regions based on quality and value.


The schools are divided into categories and then rated based on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a sorting system U.S. News has used for its rankings since 1983.


Rider has also once again placed on Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list.


Rider ranked 568 out of 650 4-year colleges and universities from across the nation. This number is 48 spots down from last year’s ranking of 520.


Comparatively, Rowan came in at 561 on Forbes’ list, 73 spots down from last year’s ranking of 488. TCNJ placed 175; one less from last year’s 174 and Montclair State University ranked 567, 39 spots down from 528.


In 2008, the first year of the Forbes ranking, Rider was 569.


According to Forbes, the rankings are compiled for the publication by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Its methodology for ranking focuses on the quality of teaching, career prospects, high graduation rates and low-levels of debt.


Look for a full story on Rider’s various rankings in the September 21 issue of The Rider News.

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