(Posted September 12, 2005)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The weekly news magazine U.S. News & World Report rated Juniata College in the first tier (among the top 110 institutions) of its 2005 rankings of the best liberal arts college in the nation, according to the publication's issue "America's Best Colleges."

"Juniata continues to climb in the ratings, making a jump to the top 100 colleges and we are proud of our continuing achievements," says Thomas Kepple, president of Juniata College. "Our successes are registering with opinion-makers across the country who acknowledge our quality of education and the improvements that have been made at the college."

Juniata also 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 is one of 361 institutions featured in the 2006 edition of the Princeton Review annual college guide "The Best 361 Colleges."

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. There are 215 liberal arts colleges, comprising four tiers.

The college has an enrollment of 1,420 students and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The college has 90 full-time faculty members. About 95 percent of the faculty have earned doctorates or hold a terminal degree in their academic field.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.