Penn State Ranked Second Best College in Pennsylvania

Penn State can boast another noteworthy ranking after being named the second best college in Pennsylvania on Niche’s 2015 list. The university is only behind the University of Pennsylvania in the study, which “ranks 892 colleges and universities based on 50 statistics and 12 million ratings from 300,000 students.” Nationally, Niche ranked Penn State No. 41.

Niche’s Best College list tests for levels of student satisfaction from many facets of their college experience, including their social lives, classes, and activities, while also examining academics, diversity, safety, and monetary benefits of the institutions. In order to measure these factors, Niche looks at components such as academic grades, student response surveys, loan default rate, average cost after financial aid, and endowment per student. You can read more about how results are calculated on Niche’s website.

The components above are used to give universities a grade from A+ to D- on the factors that are used in the rankings. Penn State received an overall Niche grade of an A+. Specifically, the University was given an A+ for Athletics, Campus Quality, Guys & Girls (which is subdivided into personality, friendliness, and looks), and Party Scene. Penn State earned an A for Academics, Administration, Campus Food, Off-Campus Dining, Technology, and Transportation. The lowest grade the University received was a D+ in the category of Drug Safety.

Penn State is the only public university to rank in the top five on the Pennsylvania list.

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Alex Calderaro

Alex Calderaro is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management from Central Jersey. As a first generation Penn Stater, she has found a home here in several places, including her sorority, and, of course, Onward State. You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @alexcalderaro.


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