Duquesne Advances Five Places in U.S. News National Ranking, Noted as a Great Value and Top School for Veterans

Duquesne University rose five spots in the annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of top schools, reaching No. 116, the highest spot in University history in this widely recognized ranking. The University also was acknowledged as one of the nation’s schools with the greatest value and as a top school for veterans.

“This advance in our ranking is important external confirmation of the University’s growing quality and improving national reputation,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne president.

Jumping from No. 121, Duquesne tied in the 2015 U.S. News Best College ranking with Catholic University of America, Illinois Institute of Technology, Michigan Technological University and the University of the Pacific. Among top-tier national Catholic institutions in these rankings, Duquesne is tied at the 12th spot.

As well as attaining this overall top-tier ranking, Duquesne climbed two places in the Great Schools, Great Prices list, to No. 43 of the schools nationwide providing students with the best value. This list is composed only of schools in or near the top half of the U.S. News rankings “because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that perform well academically.” In weighing net cost for a student receiving the institution’s average level of need-based aid, U.S. News reported, “the higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal."

High school counselors’ opinions of Duquesne also rose this year, up 12 spots to a tie at No. 115. U.S. News tapped the knowledge of 2,152 counselors at what it considers the best high schools and largest private independent high schools to provide one more measure of a university’s academic reputation.

The University also was named No. 28 among the nation’s top schools for veterans. To achieve this level among the 311 nationally ranked schools, Duquesne met the requirements of belonging to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, being certified for the GI Bill and participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Duquesne and other schools listed in this special ranking help service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

Additionally, Duquesne’s undergraduate business program rose 10 places from last year, to No. 184.

As an A-Plus School for B Students, Duquesne is considered among the schools “where spirit and hard work could make all the difference to admissions,” contributing to a “broad and engaged student body.”

The U.S. News rankings are determined from information gathered from 1,365 colleges nationwide. The rankings, which are intended to help families find the best academic value for their money, look at freshman retention and graduation rates, strength of the faculty, student selectivity, class size and other metrics of academic excellence.

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Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim. 

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