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U.S. News and World Report - Best Value College

September 10, 2019

Marywood University offers the “Best Value” among Northeast Pennsylvania Universities, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges ranking. Marywood was also one of only two regional institutions included in U.S. News “Best Colleges for Veterans” category, and was a Top Performer on Social Mobility.  

At #19 of 75 regional universities (North) ranked for “Best Value,” Marywood ranked as one of the highest of the five local four-year private colleges included in this category. According to U.S. News, the “Best Value” ranking considers a school’s academic quality. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in or near the top half of their categories are included, because U.S. News considers the most significant values to be among colleges that are above average academically.

Marywood was one of only two regional universities ranked in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” (Regional Universities North). According to U.S. News, these are the top-ranked schools in the 2020 Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees. Among the Regional Universities North, Marywood University was also more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of students who were awarded Pell Grants.  

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