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Juniata Climbs into Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges in US News Rankings

(Posted September 12, 2012)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College returned to the Top 100 Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report Rankings released today.

In addition, Juniata was one of just 40 colleges featured in the recently updated and overhauled college guidebook "Colleges That Change Lives," by a former New York Times education editor, the late Loren Pope. The new edition, by Hilary Masell Oswald, eliminated four colleges previously listed in the seminal guidebook.

"It is not surprising, and a testament to the work of all faculty, staff, students and alumni in the Juniata community, that the recent various rankings again establish Juniata as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States."
Thomas R. Kepple, president

In other rankings Juniata also was listed in the top 100 in the Washington Monthly 2012 College Rankings, which rated Juniata 91st in the nation among all colleges and universities nationwide, down slightly from its 83rd ranking in the 2011 poll.

"It is not surprising, and a testament to the work of all faculty, staff, students and alumni in the Juniata community, that the recent various rankings again establish Juniata as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States." says Thomas R. Kepple, president at Juniata. "Juniata is in the midst of a search to hire a new president and it's particularly heartening to have such affirmation on the heels of a strong enrollment and fundraising year."

Juniata shares the 100th ranking with six other institutions: Drew University in Madison, N.J.; Hope College in Holland, Mich.; Lake Forest in Lake Forest, Ill.; Luther College in Decorah, Iowa; Stonehill College in Easton, Mass.; and Sweet Briar College, in Sweet Briar, Va. Juniata also was rated 174th in the Forbes.com College Rankings.

Other Pennsylvania colleges in the U.S. News Top 100 are: Swarthmore College (3rd); Haverford College (9th); Bryn Mawr College (26th); Bucknell University (32nd); Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College and Gettysburg College (tied for 46th); Muhlenberg College (70th); Ursinus College (75th); Allegheny College (82nd); and Washington & Jefferson College (90th).


According to guidelines established by the Carnegie Foundation and adopted by U.S. News, institutions that award at least 50 percent of their undergraduate degrees in liberal arts are defined as liberal arts schools.

"When we are ranked in the top 100 of all colleges and universities in the United States, it is a boon to our students and staff," Kepple says.

In the 2012 Washington Monthly poll Juniata shares the top 100 with just six other Pennsylvania colleges: Bryn Mawr College (1st); Swarthmore College (2nd); Haverford College (18th); Allegheny College (41st); Bucknell University (69th); and Franklin and Marshall (72nd).

Juniata also was included in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013," one of more than 300 institutions rated by the prestigious guide.

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Finally, Juniata was chosen as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the Princeton Review, the New York-based company known for its education, admission and test-prep services. Juniata was selected for the Princeton Review annual college guide "The Best 377 Colleges."

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.