On Sept. 10, U. S. News and World Report released its 2016 edition of “Best Colleges,” and ranked Eastern the 27th best public regional university in the North Region. Eastern was the highest ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities, and this year’s ranking was Eastern’s best ever.
Regional universities such as Eastern are ranked on the basis of 16 criteria that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The North Region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Eastern was the 92nd ranked institution in the North overall, which includes public and private universities.
“I was very pleased to see Eastern achieve its highest ranking ever in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges report,” said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. “Our commitment to academic rigor; the hiring of additional full-time faculty; and the relevance of our majors to Connecticut’s economy have resulted in strong scores for such criteria as academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources and alumni giving. Students and parents turn to the Best Colleges rankings to help them make important decisions about where to attend college. These newly released rankings reaffirm that Eastern is providing a valued, affordable liberal arts education in a residential campus setting.”