For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President of
Public Relations and Marketing
September 14, 2011
(Worcester, Mass.) -- Worcester State University was recognized as one of two Massachusetts State Universities in the top tier of the 2012 “Best Regional Universities” of the 2012 U.S. News and World Report College Rankings. WSU was also recognized for having the highest alumni giving rate in the state university system.
"I am proud that, once again, WSU has been recognized for its excellence," said President Barry M. Maloney. The university was recognized earlier this summer as the only Massachusetts State University as a "Best in the Northeast," school by the Princeton Review. "Our faculty and alumni are devoted to the success of all of our students. It is their commitment, day in and day out, that results in positive rankings such as those from U.S. News and World Report and Princeton Review," added Maloney.
There are two tiers in the north region ranking of the Best Regional Universities. WSU is in the top tier, at number 136. Schools in the second tier are not ranked, but listed alphabetically. The north region consists of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
There are 626 universities defined as Regional Universities: schools offering a full range of undergraduate programs and also provide graduate education at the master’s level.
Each school’s rank, within its peer group of institutions, is based 75 percent on measures of academic quality and 25 percent on a peer assessment among top academics at colleges and universities. In the peer assessment survey, U.S. News asks the president, provost, and dean of admissions at each school to rate the quality of the academic programs for schools in the same ranking category, including their own.
About Worcester State University: Worcester State University is a four-year public university with 26 majors including traditional liberal arts and sciences, teacher education, biomedical sciences, business, non-profit management, visual and performing arts and the health professions. Our students learn in small, friendly classes taught by committed, accessible faculty offering engaging research opportunities to graduate and undergraduate students alike. Worcester State University is the only Massachusetts State University to be named, “Best in the Northeast,” by the Princeton Review eight years in a row and is recognized for its community service and outreach.
Worcester State University is dedicated to offering high quality, affordable undergraduate and graduate academic programs and to promoting the lifelong intellectual growth, global awareness, and career opportunities of our students. To this end, we value teaching excellence rooted in scholarship and community service; cooperate with the business, social, and cultural resources of Worcester County; collaborate with other institutions of higher learning in the region; and develop new programs responsive to emerging community needs.
Set on 58 acres in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts Worcester State University an attractive and safe campus within an hour’s drive of all major population centers in New England.
For more information, visit www.worcester.edu.