September 10, 2013
Saint Francis University increased its rank in the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014" survey list. The university climbed to 43rd place this year, a gain of 18 places from the 2013 ranking, placing it in the top fourth of institutions in the Tier I: North Regional Universities category. The 188 institutions in the North Regional group consist of mostly Masters I, private institutions. U.S. News ranks schools in seven weighted topic areas to develop an overall score.
A high graduation rate for Saint Francis students coupled with plentiful faculty resources are two reasons Saint Francis’ rank rose this year. “With a student/faculty ratio of only 14 to 1 and 54% of classes comprised of 20 or less students, Saint Francis students gain an increased learning experience because of the individual attention they receive,” remarked Dr. Wayne Powel, provost of Saint Francis.
Accepting strong academically performing students who have high SAT scores also helped the university rise in the rankings. More than 50 programs are offered through Saint Francis’ four schools: arts & letters, business, health sciences, and sciences.