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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Cedar Crest College in the Top Tier Among ‘America’s Best Colleges’ for 2007


Allentown, PA (August 18, 2006) – For the 18th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cedar Crest College among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges in its annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges.”   The publication has also named Cedar Crest as the number six “Best Value” in regional rankings, a jump up from number eight last year.

In its 2007 Guide to “America’s Best Colleges,” U.S. News ranked Cedar Crest College as the number 11 school for Comprehensive Colleges – Bachelor’s in the North. The College has appeared among the Top Tier Liberal Arts Colleges in every edition of the annual rankings since 1989. 

In addition to being named a Top Tier College, Cedar Crest is also listed as a “Best Value.”  According to U.S. News, “The formula used to determine which schools offer the best value relates a school’s academic quality, as indicated by its U.S. News ranking, to the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of financial aid. The higher the quality of the program and the lower the cost, the better the deal. Only schools ranked in the top half of their categories are included, on the premise that the most significant values are among colleges that are above average academically.”  Cedar Crest earned the highest ranking in this category over any of the other colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley.

In the new edition of the magazine, which is due on newsstands on August 21, U.S. News ranks more than 1,400 schools across the country — including 320 in the “Comprehensive Colleges — Bachelors” category. According to U.S. News, these comprehensive colleges “are schools which focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs in the liberal arts, which account for fewer than half of their bachelor’s degrees and in professional fields such as business, nursing and education.”

The U.S. News ranking comes as Cedar Crest College welcomes more than 300 new students to campus – making this the largest incoming class in the College's history. The new students — including approximately 255 incoming freshmen — arrive on campus Thursday, August 24th. New students hail from 20 states in the U.S.  Nursing, forensic science, biology, genetic engineering and education majors continue to be large areas of interest for incoming students.


 “Cedar Crest College has been consistently recognized by U.S. News for its value and distinctiveness in higher education,” says Dr. Carol Pulham, acting president of Cedar Crest College. “The College becomes an even better value when you factor in the high quality of our faculty, the success of our students and the excellence of our academic programs."

According to U.S. News, the magazine first categorizes each college and university by mission and, in some cases, by region. Then the magazine pours over data from each of the schools. Using the data provided, and other information pulled from additional resources, the schools are judged on up to 15 indicators of academic excellence. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers. The complete list is expected to be available in the August 28 issue of U.S. News and in a separate book, America’s Best Colleges.  Both publications are expected to be on newsstands by August 21.


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