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Penn State Ranks No. 117 On Forbes’ Top Colleges List

If you ain’t 117th, you’re last.

Penn State ranked just outside the top 100 in this year’s Forbes’ list of the top colleges in the United States. Coming in at No. 117, Dear Old State was sandwiched between St. Olaf’s and Purdue.

Penn State ranked ahead of Ohio State (No. 121), Rutgers (No. 123), and Pitt (No. 144). It came in as the eleventh-best-ranked school in Pennsylvania and seventh-best in the Big Ten.

Rankings were determined based on six criteria: alumni salary, student satisfaction, debt, American leaders, on-time graduation, and academic success. American leaders was defined as being determined by the “Forbes database of successful people, including billionaires, powerful women, 30 Under 30 honorees, leaders in public service and in private enterprise.”

In the other rankings provided by Forbes, Penn State was listed as the No. 29 public school, No. 57 Northeast school, and No. 64 research institution. Unsurprisingly, Penn State, known for its lack of financial aid, is the No. 211 Best Value College.

Forbes noted Penn State for its “elite Big Ten athletic program and bustling social scene” as well as its diverse academic options, including nearly 300 different majors and 2+2 Commonwealth campus plans. A good portion of the short write-up was devoted to Beaver Stadium and the White Out.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected] All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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