DelVal named a top school by U.S. News and Princeton Review

Sep 09, 2015

Delaware Valley University was named as a top school by both U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review and was also named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 list of “Best Colleges for Veterans.” The University moved up this year to number 18 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 list of “Best Regional Colleges” in the North and came in at number 13 out of just 29 Regional Colleges in the North selected as “Best Colleges for Veterans.” The Princeton Review also selected DelVal for the 2016 “Best in the Northeast” list. DelVal has been named as a top educational institution by U.S. News & World Report for 13 consecutive years and has been recognized by the Princeton Review for the past six consecutive years.

“As DelVal moves forward as a university we are proud to be consistently recognized for providing students with a valuable educational experience,” said University President Dr. Joseph Brosnan. “We are especially proud to be recognized this year as one of the best schools for veterans. Helping the men and women who serve our country reach their personal and professional goals is a top priority at DelVal and we will continue to strive to serve these students as well as they have served us.  Our name has changed, but the small classes taught by dedicated faculty have not. As a university, the student experience and our academic offerings will continue to be enhanced.”

U.S. News provides rankings as a research tool for students and parents considering various institutions. The list, which was released Wednesday, 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 16 factors related to academic quality. A full list of the rankings will appear in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of “Best Colleges.”

The Princeton Review, a nationally known education services company, recommended only about 25 percent of the nation's four-year colleges as “regional bests” in “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The website feature identifies schools The Princeton Review recommends (though does not rank) as “regional bests across four locales: The Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West. Only 225 colleges in 11 Northeastern states made The Princeton Review's 2016 "Best in the Northeast." The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisors whose opinions the company solicits. Students are also asked to rate their schools on several issues –from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of their science lab facilities – and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. 

"We chose Delaware Valley University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher Robert Franek. "We also gave careful consideration to what students enrolled at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences on our student survey for this project. We designed our 80-question survey to include questions that prospective applicants might ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional 'best' lists, and only schools at which we see a strong level of satisfaction among their enrolled students – whom we consider their customers – make it to our final slate of regional 'best' college selections."