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York College moves up in U.S. News 'Best Colleges' rankings, earns recognition from Washington Monthly and others

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September 13, 2019
 York College of Pennsylvania moved up in several categories in U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2020" rankings.
  • York College is ranked #80 (tie) in Regional Universities North. This marks movement up from the #93 spot in 2019.
  • The College was also ranked #48 in Best Colleges for Veterans (tie) and #48 in Best Value Schools. Last year, York was ranked #52 and #58, respectively, in these categories.
  • York's Engineering programs earned a ranking of #129 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. Its 2019 ranking was #144.
New this year are rankings for social mobility, which recognizes how well colleges serve low-income students. York College was ranked #153 (tie).
"Through efforts by many across campus, we have made significant strides in increasing our retention and graduation rates," said President Pamela Gunter-Smith. "We are committed to not only attracting quality students who are a good fit for York College, we are also working hard to ensure they remain engaged and are successful through graduation. I am pleased to see the good work of many recognized through improvements in our U.S. News rankings."
Washington Monthly also recently ranked York College #79 in Best Bang for the Buck: Northeast, and #32 in Baccalaureate Universities rankings.
Colleges of Distinction recognizes schools that deliver on four overarching distinctions: Student Engagement, Teaching, Community, and Outcomes. York College was recognized for its Business, Education, Engineering, and Nursing programs.
York College was among "The Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition" compiled by thePrinceton Review. The Princeton Review's 62 ranking lists are based on its surveys of 140,000 students attending the 385 colleges in the book in 2018-19 and/or the previous two academic years. The survey asked students 84 questions about their school's academics, administration, campus community, and themselves.
A private college located in southcentral Pennsylvania, York College offers more than 60 baccalaureate majors in professional programs, the sciences and humanities to its 4,100 undergraduate students. The College also offers several master's programs and a doctorate in nursing practice. York College students enjoy a high-quality education that emphasizes practical application and a community invested in their success. The College provides a personal plan to help students focus their passions and attain their goals so they are prepared for a lifetime of meaningful careers – ready to meet the challenges of their profession and feeling confident and proud of their achievements.


Mary Dolheimer
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
York College of Pennsylvania
York, PA  17403
717-577-0810 (mobile)