D’Youville Earns Ranking Among National Universities
The College is the second highest nationally ranked school in Western New York, and the highest private college.
In the 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings released today D’Youville College achieved a major milestone. Previously
categorized “Regional Universities – North,” this year, D’Youville moved to the “National Universities” category, sharing the same rank with institutions such as Florida A&M University,
University of Colorado—Denver, University of Montana, and Utah State University.
The annual report focuses on academic excellence, with schools ranked on 15 measures of academic quality, including peer assessment scores, graduation, retention, financial resources, and more. D’Youville is the second highest nationally ranked school in Western New York and the highest private college.
To place each school in its ranking, U.S. News strictly maps its categories to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's Basic Classification system. The U.S. Department of Education and many higher education associations use the Carnegie system to organize or label their data, among other uses. In short, the Carnegie categories are the accepted standard in U.S. higher education.
In order to qualify as a National University, D’Youville had to offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's, and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research or award professional practice doctorates.
Dr. Lorrie Clemo, president of D’Youville, cited factors that led to the reclassification, including an increased commitment to and growth of doctoral programs, quality of scholarship, graduation rate performance, the number of opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and community engagement.
The result of months of data collection and analysis, the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings expose students and their families to the broad range of higher education options available. U.S. News recommends that prospective students use the rankings as a jumping-off point to create an initial list of schools, narrow down that list, and compare overall academic quality. Beyond the rankings, U.S. News will provide extensive statistical profiles for D’Youville and each ranked school, a comprehensive college search, and detailed explanations of the ranking methodologies.
D’Youville’s success in reclassification and position among other schools in Western New York enhances the college’s reputation in the public and amongst individuals and families engaged in the college search process.
“This is a significant milestone that we can all be extremely proud of, and it happened as a result of focused work and a collective sense of purpose,” Dr. Clemo said. “Our faculty, the core of our academic reputation, and staff deserve tremendous credit for lifting us up to reach this achievement, as does our Board of Trustees for their continued support to ensure that we remain the top ranked private doctoral institution in Western New York.”
Individuals can sign up for the U.S. News College Compass to receive access to the My Fit custom rankings, additional data, and other exclusive interactive tools. U.S. News will also publish these exclusive rankings in the "Best Colleges 2020" guidebook, which will start shipping in early October and be available in stores on Oct. 15.
In a recent release of rankings on Sept. 4, D'Youville College was also ranked in the WSJ/THE College Rankings 2020.
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