October 8, 2019
Shawnee State University has been ranked among the best colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first time Shawnee State has been included on the list.
“Shawnee State offers academic programs that are not only recognized regionally for excellence, but nationally,” SSU President Jeff Bauer said. “Our game design programs have been ranked among the top 20 programs in the U.S. by Princeton Review for several years. We’ve also received national attention for our online master’s in mathematics program, our occupational therapy programs, and our health science degrees. It’s good to see this type of third-party recognition. It’s even better seeing first-hand how our focus on student success changes lives. We now have more than 18,000 alumni using their Shawnee State degrees to make a difference in their chosen fields.”
SSU came in at #117-153 in Regional Universities Midwest on the U.S. News & World Report ranking. Rankings for this category are for colleges that offer a full range of undergraduate programs, some master’s programs but few doctoral programs. These rankings are split into four regions: north, south, midwest and west.
SSU also came in at #151 for Top Performers on Social Mobility. Rankings in this category encompassed economically disadvantaged students who are less likely than others to finish college, yet these colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students eligible for federal Pell Grants, which are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are less than $50,000.
“To me, this particular list is more meaningful than others,” Bauer said. “As an open access institution, this is at the heart of our mission — helping students drastically change their lives through education. College is a good investment. Shawnee State is an even better one — with affordable tuition, nationally recognized programs, and a focus on student retention and graduation.”
U.S. News & World Report profiled over 1,900 schools as part the Best Colleges rankings.
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