Forbes Puts Millersville on Its Top-Ranked List
Forbes came out with its annual list of America’s best undergraduate institutions on August 1 and Millersville University was the top-ranked state university among the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities. The annual list focuses on educational outcomes, not reputations. The rankings are compiled exclusively for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in Washington, D.C.
The Forbes ranking system is based on five general categories: post graduate success (32.5 percent), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5 percent), which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates; debt (17.5 percent), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rate (11.25 percent); and competitive awards (11.25 percent), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships or go on to earn a Ph.D.
This year, Millersville University ranked 535 out of 650, compared to 535 out of 610 in 2010. Two other PASSHE universities made it on the list this year: West Chester University at 554 and Indiana University of Pennsylvania at 587.
The information was in the August 6 publication of Forbes. For the complete list of colleges, visit Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges” website.