Local University Pitt-Bradford Receives Top Rankings
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford: A Top-Ranked Value College
In its annual college ranking, Washington Monthly has once again recognized the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for the eighth consecutive year. This institution has been identified as a top value college that consistently contributes to the public good.
Washington Monthly’s Ranking Methodology
Washington Monthly utilizes data from the federal College Scorecard to develop its ranking system. The focus is on three key areas: social mobility, research, and community and national service. This approach distinguishes it from other national college rankings.
Pitt-Bradford: A Key Player in Pennsylvania’s Education Sector
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford stood out as the top public college in Pennsylvania in the magazine’s ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ schools list for the Northeast. Its impressive ranking of 25th in the Northeast is based on the median earnings of its alumni a decade after college entry, which stands at $59,853. Remarkably, this figure exceeds predicted earnings models by $11,583, indicating that Pitt-Bradford graduates typically earn more than expected.
Nationwide Recognition for Focusing on Bachelor’s Degrees
Pitt-Bradford also ranked second among Pennsylvania public colleges in a nationwide ranking that recognizes institutions focusing on bachelor’s degrees, rather than graduate degrees. It achieved high ranks for earnings performance (seventh) and number of ROTC students (22nd), and social mobility (32nd).
Contributing to National Service through ROTC
In assessing contributions to national service, Washington Monthly takes into account the percentage of students enrolled in ROTC. This further underscores Pitt-Bradford’s commitment to fostering active citizenship amongst its students.
Assessing Social Mobility in College Rankings
The magazine calculates social mobility using a complex combination of factors. This includes the graduation rate, predicted graduation rate based on lower-income students, percentage of students receiving student loans, admission rate, and the racial/ethnic and gender makeup of the student body.
Appreciation from Pitt-Bradford’s President
Pitt-Bradford’s president, Rick Esch, expressed appreciation for the ranking, stating, “Washington Monthly’s rankings emphasize what we value most — helping students of all backgrounds achieve their goals.”
Washington Monthly, a Washington, D.C.-based magazine, rates higher education institutions based on their efforts to recruit and graduate students of modest means, produce groundbreaking scholarship, and encourage active citizenship and national service amongst their students.
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