U.S. News ranks DelVal in the top 25

Aug 17, 2010

Delaware Valley College has been named a top college by the U.S. News & World Report for the eighth consecutive year, and has been placed on a new list entitled “Great Schools, Great Prices.”

The college is ranked among the top 25 northern schools on the magazine’s “Best Regional Colleges” list. Factors favoring DelVal were its 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio and its ability to graduate students on time. Overall, colleges are evaluated on 16 areas related to academic excellence.

“We couldn’t be more gratified to learn that the U.S .News & World Report has included us on its list of best colleges for the eighth consecutive year,” said Dr. Joseph S. Brosnan, Delaware Valley College's president. “While we’ve always had a lot of faith and confidence in our college, being recognized by others is a welcomed and important confirmation of the quality of the education provided at the college. This new honor comes on the heels of being named by the Princeton Review as a top college in the Northeast, which makes it even more rewarding.”

U.S. News reports that DelVal, as a college on the inaugural “Great Schools, Great Prices” list, provides 78 percent of its students with needs-based scholarships. Total grants last year came to $18 million. Only 10 regional colleges in the north were included on the list.

A full list of the rankings will appear in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011 edition of Best Colleges. Highlights will be published in the magazine’s September issue, on newsstands Aug. 31, and are available now on the U.S. News website.

U.S. News considers its ranking system “the most comprehensive research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.”

According to the magazine, the regional college list on which Delaware Valley College appears includes schools in the north that focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business and education.

Institutions that appear on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list are considered good educational values. The magazine said it takes into account academic quality and the net cost of attendance for students who receive need-based financial aid.

“The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal,” is how U.S. News explained it.

Delaware Valley College is a multi-disciplinary, four-year residential institution in Doylestown that enrolls 1,700 full-time undergraduates studying 27 majors. It offers an MBA degree, a master’s in Educational Leadership and a wide range of Continuing Education courses.