Saint Joseph’s University Climbs in ‘U.S. News & World Report’ Rankings

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 13, 2016) — Saint Joseph’s University has risen to a No. 11 ranking from No. 15 among 187 regional universities (North) in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Colleges. The rankings, released earlier today, place Saint Joseph’s in the region’s top tier for the 19th consecutive year, and the University’s Haub School of Business’s risk management and insurance program (RMI) as No. 1 in the nation.

“This recognition affirms that Saint Joseph’s emphasis on academic excellence and a transformative student experience makes for an outstanding education,” stated University President Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. “We know our graduates are prepared to excel in the workplace and in top post-graduate and professional schools.”

Saint Joseph’s welcomed the largest undergraduate enrollment in its history for the 2016-17 academic year. This includes a freshman class of 1,283 students, an 8.6 percent increase over 2015-16. Total undergraduate enrollment is a record 4,890. The academic profile of the Class of 2020 has improved across all common measures: Its average GPA is 3.62; the average SAT and ACT scores are 1144 and 25.7, respectively; and 87 percent of the class have taken honors or advanced placement courses in high school.

The highest ranked regional university in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and the second-highest ranked institution in its cohort in Pennsylvania, SJU received especially high scores for its student retention rate (seventh within the 187-school cohort) and graduation rate (10th).

In addition to the overall rankings and the No 1 ranking (from No. 3) for RMI, the Haub School of Business earned a spot in the top 100 for undergraduate business programs, and marketing (entertainment, food, international, pharmaceutical & healthcare, sports) moved from No. 10 to No. 8, and accounting jumped from No. 21 to No. 10. Additionally, SJU's business intelligence & analytics program was ranked No. 21 in the MIS category.

“Our students, faculty and alumni are innovative leaders who are shaping the insurance industry today,” says Haub School Dean, Joseph A. DiAngelo Jr., Ed.D. ’70. “The Haub School’s RMI curriculum is aligned with best industry practices and prepares our students for successful careers with hands-on, real-world experiences. This recognition as the premier program in the country for RMI, as well as our rankings among the top 10 for marketing and accounting, validates our approach to business education.”

Added Dr. Reed: “Saint Joseph’s stands out among its peers because of the commitment of our faculty and staff, a student body that truly loves the University and, perhaps most importantly, our Jesuit mission and educational tradition that instills in its graduates a sense of purpose and awareness to use their education and talents for the greater good and to better our world."

Additional information on this year’s rankings is available at usnews.com/colleges.

Media Contact

Contact: Joseph M. Lunardi ‘82, Vice President of Marketing Communications, 610-660-1222, jlunardi@sju.edu


Background

Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.



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