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U.S. News & World Report Again Ranks Ithaca Among America’s ‘Best Colleges’

ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College has once again been ranked among the top colleges and universities of its kind by U.S. News & World Report. In its just-released “Best Colleges” list for 2014, Ithaca is in the #8 spot in the North in the category of regional universities.

Also among similar institutions in the North, the magazine has ranked Ithaca at #13 in its “great schools, great prices” listing of those that offer a quality education at an affordable cost, and at #4 for “best undergraduate teaching.”

“If we were to be in only one ranking category, I think that’s the one we would want,” said Ithaca College President Tom Rochon of the #4 listing, which identifies schools where the faculty has an unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. “While we rightly pride ourselves on the full range of opportunities our students can take advantage of both inside and outside of the classroom, it is the basic student-teacher relationship that remains at the core of what we do, and it is gratifying to have confirmation that we do it so well.”

This is the 19th straight year that Ithaca College has been placed in the top 15 in U.S. News & World Reports’ annual “Best Colleges” issue. The rankings are based on peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.

U.S. News & World Report lists Ithaca College in the “best regional universities” category, which includes institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs (Ithaca College offers one doctoral program). The 621 institutions in this category are not ranked nationally but rather against their peer group in one of four geographic regions — North, South, Midwest and West.

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