(Posted April 27, 2017)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College was rated 11th out of 30 major colleges and universities with superior study abroad programs by Great Value Colleges, which recently published the 2017-2018 poll on its website.

            Great Value Colleges developed its ranking by listing 100 accredited colleges and universities from various rankings and other sources, including the 2015 US News & World Report rankings of institutions with the highest percentage of students studying abroad. 

RankedThe ratings were then analyzed for affordability before ranking the top 30 schools using a methodology that awarded points for affordability, study abroad popularity among enrolled students, available college-managed programs, variety of study abroad programs offered, length of the study abroad experience, the number of school-funded scholarships for study abroad and any additional awards or recognition the school has earned for its programs in the past.

            “After researching what some of the top schools on this list have to offer, I found that the university is the backbone of every program,” says Gabrielle Kratsas, editor at Great College Values. “It takes a cohesive unit and motivated individuals to create, direct, maintain and build upon international academic and professional excursions, especially while competing against third-party institutions who are currently running study abroad programs.”

            Juniata College is rated  11th, the first college in Pennsylvania to be listed. The only other Pennsylvania institution included on the list is Susquehanna University, which is ranked 15th.

The full rankings are as follows:

1.The University of Washington, Seattle

2.Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

3.West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.

4.University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.

5.St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.

6.Middlebury College, Middlebury, Conn.

7.Trinity College, Harford, Conn.

8.Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

9.University of Delaware, Newark, Del.

10.Duke University, Durham, N.C.

11.Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa.

12.College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.

13.Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va.

14.Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.

15.Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa.

16.Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo.

17.Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss.

18.Earlham College, Richmond, Ind.

19.Texas Woman’s University, Denton Texas.

20.University of Richmond, Richmond, Va.

21.University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind.

22.Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Ill.

23.Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.

24.Centre College, Danville, Ky.

25.Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

26.University iof Dallas, Irving, Texas.

27.Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Mich.

28.Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, Calif.

29.Bates College, Lewiston, Maine.

30.Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.