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Westminster continues to climb in U.S. News Best Colleges rankings

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Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College was once again named a best national liberal arts college in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings released Monday, Sept. 9.

Climbing six spots, Westminster placed No. 114 in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category in the Best Colleges 2020 edition, which evaluated 1,400 colleges and universities in 15 measures of academic quality such as first-year student retention, graduation rates and strength of faculty.

The U.S. News & World Report also ranked Westminster College in the No. 19 slot in its new “Social Mobility” list, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell Grants. In 2018, 54% of Pell recipients graduated in four years, and in 2019, 57% graduated. Westminster’s overall four-year graduation rate for all students is 68%, with a six-year graduation rate of 73%.

“We are again pleased to be included in this listing, which recognizes our deep commitment to graduating students with the competencies, commitments and characteristics of humankind at its best,” said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson. “It is particularly gratifying for the graduation rate achieved by our students, which exemplifies their hard work and the support offered them by our faculty and staff.”