Millersville University has been seizing the opportunity and ranking high on college and university ranking lists lately, landing a spot in three different categories.

Out of the 684 universities that were distinguished nationally by Washington Monthly in its “2013 Best Master’s Universities,” Millersville University ranked 88. Millersville, the only university within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to place within the top 100, received a score of 63 out of a possible 100 points across the three judged categories.

The Washington Monthly also recognized Millersville University in its “2013 Best Bang for the Buck—Master’s Universities.” Millersville was ranked 41 out of 152 universities, ranking second within PASSHE schools.

“When students come to Millersville, they can be assured they are not only getting a great value, i.e., Best Bang for the Buck, but they are also attending an institution that is nationally ranked for social mobility, research and service,” said Dr. Vilas Prabhu, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The elements that determined Millersville University’s social mobility scores included students receiving Pell grants (30 percent), predicted rate of graduation (65 percent) and the actual graduation rate (61 percent).

The research score was calculated by the number of science and engineering Ph.D.s awarded by the University, undergraduate alumni that went on to pursue a Ph.D. and the total amount spent on institution research productivity, quality and future scholarships.

The service score was determined by the Peace Corps ranking (175), ROTC ranking (224), federal work-study funds spent on service, community service participation and hours served (23), and service staff, courses and financial aid support (130).

Millersville University was also recently recognized by being named on the Colleges of Distinction eGuidebook as one of the top 2013-2014 Public Colleges of Distinction.

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