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Siena Improves in U.S. News, Other Rankings
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Siena College has moved up two spots in the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings. Siena’s rank among national liberal arts colleges improved from #114 to #112. Siena shares the #112 rank with Principia College, Randolph College and Stonehill College. This marks the second consecutive year in which Siena’s rankings have improved.
“We are always pleased to move up in the rankings which is an affirmation of our efforts to recruit good students and provide them with a nationally competitive liberal arts education,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Richardson, Ph.D. “As we launch our Strategic Plan, our efforts will continue to be focused on a quality education for our students.”
Several metrics that are used by U.S. News in its calculation of rankings have improved from last year. Student selectivity as measured by high school class standing and SAT scores for new students increased. Specifically, more than one third of Siena’s new students were in the top 10 percent of their high school class compared to 28 percent the previous year. The SAT score range also improved slightly. The percent of classes with 20 or fewer students increased from 37 percent to 42 percent. Graduation and retention rates also improved from the previous year.Other indicators such as student to faculty ratio and percentage of full-time faculty remained essentially unchanged. An explanation of U.S. News’ methodologies is available here.
Siena was also included on U.S. News’ High School Counselor Rankings at #120 and Best Undergraduate Business Programs at #343 in Spring 2011.
Other recent accolades for Siena include “Great Schools for Biology Majors” as listed in The Princeton Review's publication Great Schools for 15 of the Most Popular Undergraduate Majors 2011 and “2011 Best College in the Northeast” by the Princeton Review.
Forbes also ranked Siena on three college and university lists recently. Siena is listed at #89 in the Northeast, #189 in Private Colleges and #225 in Top Colleges. The Top Colleges ranking includes 650 schools – the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions. Siena’s placement at #225 puts the College in the top 7 percent of undergraduate schools nationally. The Forbes rankings are prepared by the Center for College Affordability.
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