Providence College named top university in latest report; Quinnipiac, ECSU recognized

Providence College named top university in latest report; Quinnipiac, ECSU recognized

The Westerly Sun

Providence College has been named the top university in the northern region, leading a list of 196 schools ranked through U.S. News and World Report, while other local schools including Rhode Island’s Bryant University and Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University find themselves sitting within the top 25 in the latest rankings.

The 2018 rankings, which were released Tuesday, honored Providence College, noting that the university also ranked 12th in best value and 151st in business programs in the north region.

Universities were ranked on the basis of 16 criteria, according to the report, and included peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The North region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

For the first time in 2018, Eastern Connecticut State University cracked the top 25 as well, earning the 25th overall rank in the North region in the category of “top public schools.” The university finished 77th in best value and 86th in overall ranking within the Regional Universities North category. The school was the highest rated among the four Connecticut state universities.

“I am gratified to see Eastern ranked in the top 25 public institutions in the North in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges report,” said Eastern President Elsa Nunez in a press release. “These newest rankings reaffirm that Eastern is providing a relevant and high-quality education on our beautiful residential campus.”

This year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings included review of 1,389 schools. Results are available at

— Sun staff


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