Penn State once again holds its spot as one of the top universities in the country. On Tuesday, U.S. News & World Report, the publication used by many prospective college students and their parents to find future colleges and universities, released their “Best Colleges Rankings” for 2017 with Penn State tied for the No. 50 best National University with the University of Florida, Pepperdine University, and Villanova.
Penn State slipped slightly in the best National University category from the 47th spot last year.
To give you a little comparison in the Big Ten, Ohio State ranked 54th, the University of Maryland came in at No. 60, and Rutgers ranked as the 70th best National University.
Additionally, Penn State ranked 14th in Top Public Schools right behind the University of Wisconsin (10th), but ahead of Ohio State (16th). In terms of business programs, Penn State ranked 23rd best program tied with Michigan State and Purdue. On the engineering side, Penn State tied for 18th best Undergraduate Engineering Program with the University of California, Duke, and Columbia.
U.S. News & World Report bases its rankings off of several key data points including first-year student retention rate, graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.