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UNH Moves Up 10 Spots in U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges Rankings

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9/12/2012 9:00 AM

Sept. 11, 2012

US News World Report Best Colleges 2012-2013, features

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- For the third year in a row, the University of New Haven is included in the top tier of regional universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "America's Best Colleges” rankings.

UNH this year moved up 10 spots to number 100, where it is tied with Eastern Connecticut State University, as well as Shippensburg University and Waynesburg University, both in Pennsylvania.

“The University of New Haven’s positive momentum is reflected in these rankings,” said President Steven H. Kaplan. “In recent years, the university has made substantial investments toward expanding academic programs, enhancing student life and creating state-of-the-art campus facilities. This transformation has helped us attract more high-achieving students and world-class faculty.”

U.S. News, which released its 2013 rankings today, rates 625 regional universities that provide a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's-level programs but few doctoral programs. The universities are rated against their peers by region: North, South, Midwest and West.

The top tier in the North includes 133 universities. The regional universities included in the survey are ranked on a number of criteria including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The 2013 Best Colleges rankings include more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compared on a set of up to 16 indicators of excellence. In this year’s rankings, UNH showed significant improvement in the SAT and ACT scores of its entering students.

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.