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Cedar Crest College Named to Ten Best List of Women’s Colleges by Forbes

Allentown, PA (August 25, 2009)—Cedar Crest College was selected one of the 10 best women’s colleges in the nation by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) in a report on America’s Best Colleges released earlier this month, which highlighted why women’s colleges are still relevant in 2009. This ranking groups Cedar Crest with many of the best women’s colleges in the country including Barnard College and Smith College.

The Forbes/CCAP rankings are based on such measures as student evaluations of courses and instructors; the success of graduates based on the significance of their achievements and salaries; the percentage of students who graduate within four years; estimated average student debt; and the percentage of faculty and students who have earned nationally competitive awards.

This is the second year for these rankings, which includes evaluations of 600 colleges and universities in various categories. Overall, Cedar Crest ranked 262—between University of North Carolina Asheville and Villanova University.

Cedar Crest College—a liberal arts college with approximately 1,850 traditional and lifelong learning students—has many highly-regarded programs, including those in forensic science, nursing, education and psychology. Cedar Crest President Carmen Ambar said the Forbes ranking serves as confirmation that the school is successfully fulfilling its mission to offer a quality education that prepares students to assume leadership roles in an increasingly global society.

“Those of us who work at Cedar Crest College do what we do so that, at the end of the day, we know our students are prepared to be successful in their careers,” said Ambar. “It is nice to be recognized for these efforts.”

At a time when some women’s colleges are de-emphasizing their core mission to educate women or else becoming co-ed in an effort to increase enrollment, Cedar Crest is clearly embracing its heritage to educate the next generation of women leaders, and there may be no stronger driving force behind this resolve than President Ambar.

A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton universities and Columbia School of Law, Ambar is a strong believer in the power and effectiveness of the women’s college model.

“There are studies backing the assertion that those who attend women’s colleges have more opportunities to assume leadership positions in school, and are therefore better prepared to take leadership roles upon graduation. The women who graduate from Cedar Crest College are making their mark on the world in every field imaginable,” said Ambar.


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Last Updated: 8/25/09