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    Duquesne Counted Among Nation’s Best Schools, Forbes Says

    Duquesne University has been ranked among the best schools in the country and in the top half of the nation’s research institutions, based on student satisfaction and other factors, says the latest Forbes America’s Top Colleges list.


    Forbes ranked 650 schools—the top 20 percent of all undergraduates institutions— and placed Duquesne at No. 394 overall. Among 266 research institutions, Duquesne was ranked No. 131. Only 15 other Catholic research institutions across the country were ranked higher than Duquesne.

    The criteria, according to the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), a Washington think-tank that prepared the rankings for Forbes, lean primarily on:

    • Student satisfaction, based on freshman to sophomore retention rates and student evaluations on;
    • Post-graduate success, based on alumni salaries and listings of alumni in Who’s Who in America, and alumni in the Forbes/CCAP corporate officers list.

    Also considered are student debt and loan default rates, four-year graduation rates and nationally competitive awards won by students.

    “We ranked well, even though we are new to some of these classifications,” said Dr. Alan W. Seadler, associate academic vice president for research. Seadler explained that earlier this year, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching advanced Duquesne University’s classification to Research University/High Activity, based upon increased scholarly works. This validates Duquesne’s enhanced status as the University moves forward on its goal of becoming one of the top-ranked Catholic universities in America.

    “Our rankings are solid, with Duquesne as one of the top seven ranked research schools in Pennsylvania in the Forbes list,” Seadler said, noting that the University is in the company of Pennsylvania-based schools such as Carnegie Mellon University, Pitt and Lehigh. “Last year, we also were ranked in the top 10 in Pennsylvania as far as research dollars.”

    Additionally, Duquesne is listed in the top one-third of all “high research activity” universities on the Forbes research list, compared with the likes of Catholic counterparts such as Boston College, Fordham University and Catholic University.

    Last week, The Princeton Review selected Duquesne as one of nation’s best schools for undergraduate education in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges, and named Duquesne as one of the Best in the Northeast.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.