Delaware Valley College named a top school by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review

Sep 10, 2014

Delaware Valley College was named as a top college by both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. The College moved up three places this year to number 19 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 list of “Best Regional Colleges” in the North. The Princeton Review also selected DelVal for the 2015 “Best in the Northeast” list. DelVal has been named as a top college by U.S. News & World Report for twelve consecutive years and has been recognized by the Princeton Review for the past five consecutive years.

“Delaware Valley College is proud to be consistently recognized for providing students with an excellent academic experience,” said College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “We provide small classes taught by caring faculty and 100 percent of our students gain real-world experience before graduation. This focus on both knowledge and experience is setting our graduates up for success as young professionals.”

U.S. News provides rankings as a research tool for students and parents considering various institutions. The list, which was released Sept. 9, defines a “regional college” as a school that focuses on undergraduate education, but grants fewer than half of its degrees in the liberal arts disciplines. The rankings are based on factors related to academic quality such as: peer assessment, student selectivity, graduation and retention rates, resources, faculty, average class size, and more. A full list of the rankings will appear in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 edition of “Best Colleges.”

The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, recommended only about 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges as “regional bests.” The editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data, staff visits, student surveys and the opinions of college counselors. Students rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities--as part of the selection process.

"We developed our ‘Best Colleges: Region by Region’ lists to offer guidance for the growing number of students and parents now seeking colleges closer to home,” said Princeton Review's Senior VP / Publisher Robert Franek. “We selected Delaware Valley College and the other terrific institutions on our 'regional best' lists -- primarily for their excellent academic offerings."