Posted on Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Westminster College is one of the best schools in Pennsylvania, according to an innovative new ranking that gauges the College’s influence as well as its overall academic quality and value.
Westminster is ranked seventh among the top 25 institutions by AcademicInfluence.com, which uses a trademarked “concentrated influence” metric to evaluate colleges and universities as an indicator of academic excellence.
Westminster ranked number four in “Pennsylvania’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges of 2021” list. Additionally, Westminster also received high marks in the “Best Private Colleges” (number 6) and “Best Small Colleges” (number four) categories for Keystone State schools.
“We are pleased to be recognized in this listing of Pennsylvania’s top institutions,” said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson. “The strength of our academic programs and faculty and the success of our alumni demonstrate the value of the deeply experiential and collaborative education Westminster provides.”
Using the concentrated influence method, AcademicInfluence.com takes the combined influence score of a college’s top academic influencers such as faculty and alumni and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.
“Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities,” according to their website. “A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.”
AcademicInfluence.com joins other ranking outlets such as U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly and Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education in identifying Westminster as a top liberal arts college. Westminster is nationally recognized for its collaborative environment, experiential learning programs and its focus on student success.