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‘U.S. News’ Ranks Duquesne Among Best Colleges, Online Programs and Best Value Schools

For the eighth consecutive year, Duquesne University has been ranked in the top tier of schools by U.S. News and World Report in its annual edition of the Best Colleges rankings. The University advanced one spot to No. 115-the highest in University history-in the newly released 2016 National Universities Rankings category. In addition, Duquesne was recognized by U.S. News in the categories of Best Value Schools, Best Colleges for Veterans and Best Online Programs.

"We are pleased that the University continues to make forward progress among the top tier schools in these rankings. This confirms Duquesne's growth in academic prestige as well as national reputation," said Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty.

in the Best National Universities category, Duquesne tied for No. 115 with Clarkson University, Temple University, the University of Kansas, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Utah. Duquesne also rose to tie for the 11th spot among the top-tier national Catholic institutions in the rankings.

Duquesne ranked No. 43 in the Best Value Schools category, which takes into account a school's academic quality and cost, and only considers schools ranked in or near the top half of the 2016 Best Colleges ranking.

For its Best Online Degree Programs category, U.S. News ranked Duquesne at No. 90. This category considered the prevalence of faculty holding a Ph.D., class size, percentage of entrants who stayed enrolled and later graduated, and the debt load of recent graduates.

In the Best Colleges for Veterans category-which highlights schools that provide military veterans and active-duty service members benefits to help make pursuing a college education more affordable-Duquesne ranked at No. 94. This category only considers schools that are already numerically ranked in the 2016 Best Colleges ranking that also are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Duquesne's A.J. Palumbo School of Business Administration was ranked No. 191 in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs category, while the University was ranked No. 126 in the High School Counselor Rankings. Duquesne was again included in the A-plus Schools for B Students category, which focuses on the school's performance in the Best Colleges rankings and the average freshman retention rate.

For the 2016 rankings, U.S. News includes data from nearly 1,800 colleges and features rankings of 1,376 schools. The rankings focus on academic excellence-with schools ranked on up to 16 measures of academic quality-and emphasize outcomes, with graduation and retention rates carrying the most weight in the publication's methodology (30 percent).

"We are the only organization that has been ranking schools for over three decades," said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. "Over that time we have improved our information and sharpened our methodology's focus, with one of the biggest updates being a greater consideration of output measurements."

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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