Eastern Makes List of Top 25 Public Regional Universities in U.S. News and World Report Rankings

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WILLIMANTIC, CT (09/12/2017) For the first time, Eastern Connecticut State University made the list of the top 25 regional public universities in the North in U.S. News and World Report's 2018 edition of "Best Colleges." Eastern was the highest ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities. The annual rankings were released on Sept. 12.

Regional universities such as Eastern are ranked on the basis of 16 criteria that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving. The North region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

"I am gratified to see Eastern ranked in the top 25 public institutions in the North in this year's U.S. News and World Report's 2018 Best Colleges report," said Eastern President Elsa Nunez. "Our commitment to high standards, our focus on providing students with personal attention, and the introduction of new academic programs have resulted in our favorable ranking. Students and their families turn to the Best Colleges rankings to help decide where to attend college. These newest rankings reaffirm that Eastern is providing a relevant and high-quality education on our beautiful residential campus."

This year's U.S. News and World Report rankings included reviews of 1,389 schools nationwide and are available at www.usnews.com/colleges. They will also be published in the Best Colleges 2017 Guidebook, published by U.S. News & World Report and available on newsstands on Oct. 10.


About Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving more than 5,400 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 163 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 20 other states and 29 other countries. A residential campus offering 39 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Eastern has been awarded "Green Campus" status by the Princeton Review seven years in a row. For more information, visit www.easternct.edu.

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