Top Tier

November 6, 2012 by University of La Verne

University Again Listed in First Tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has included the University of La Verne in the top tier of National Universities in its annual America’s Best Colleges rankings.

Since it released its first collegiate rankings in 1983, U.S. News & World Report has annually published its in-depth write-up of the country’s top institutions of higher education. Based on each school’s data and on opinion surveys from educational leaders, the ratings have become the most widely recognized published report of their kind in the nation.

In this year’s rankings, La Verne finished tied for 165th, joined at that position with Texas Tech, San Diego State, West Virginia and Idaho. Harvard and Princeton tied for the category’s No. 1 spot.

Among California’s private universities and colleges included in the National Universities classification, La Verne ranked eighth. And it again came in fourth among Los Angeles area private institutions, behind Caltech, USC and Pepperdine.

For the 2013 rankings, 281 institutions (173 public, 101 private, 7 for-profit) were included in the National Universities category. All offer a full range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s and doctoral degrees, and are actively involved in some level of academic research.

La Verne’s rating by U.S. News & World Report is based on a variety of criteria, including undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, financial resources and alumni giving.

Collegiate ranking are used by prospective students and their parents to help evaluate the nation’s thousands of institutions. U.S. News & World Report continues to be considered a primary source by many counselors and directors of admission.

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