New Paltz has advanced one spot in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings. In the 2014 America’s Best College’s Guidebook, New Paltz was ranked sixth among best public regional universities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic with both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. New Paltz also ranked 33rd among public and private regional universities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic with bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.
New Paltz rose in two critical categories used in the rankings – average first-year student retention rates and six-year graduation rates. New Paltz’s average first-year retention rate is 88 percent, increased from 87 percent in 2013. The six-year graduation rate is 73 percent, up from 69 percent in 2013 and 68 percent in 2012.
“We are pleased to see our increasing graduation rates, well above national averages, recognized in these rankings,” said L. David Eaton, vice president of enrollment management. “The high peer assessment reflects our growing reputation as a well-regarded public university in the Northeast.”
The rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 America’s Best Colleges Guidebook, which will be included in the magazine’s Sept. 24 issue. They are also posted on the U.S. News & World Report’s website at http://www.usnews.com.
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