Niagara University again ranked among best by U.S. News & World Reportby jmaloni
NU is only school in Western New York recognized for an outstanding program aimed at enriching student experience
Niagara University is again listed among the best colleges and universities in the north, according to annual rankings released Sept. 12 by U.S. News and World Report. NU is listed 70 among 133 colleges and universities in the northeastern U.S. that provide a full range of undergraduate and master's degree programs.
U.S. News also highlights schools that are recognized for outstanding programs aimed at enriching the educational experience. Niagara was once again recognized in the area of service learning. Niagara was one of only 27 institutions recognized with this distinction nationally, and it was the only college or university in Western New York highlighted in one of these categories, which also include internships, the first-year experience, learning communities, senior capstone, study abroad, undergraduate research/creative projects and writing in disciplines.
"Niagara is especially pleased to have national recognition for our service learning programs. Education experts agree that involving students in community service either as volunteers or as part of their course work is linked to success in their studies and in their professional lives," said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president of Niagara University.
Noting Niagara's Catholic and Vincentian mission, he added, "Even more importantly for us at NU, service learning is part of what transforms our graduates into people who are about others and give back to their communities."
The rankings, which are based on factors including peer assessment; retention, graduation and acceptance rates; class sizes; and the giving rate of alumni, will appear in the U.S. News and World Report's publication "Best Colleges."
For more information about Niagara University, visit www.niagara.edu.