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Western New England University Earns High Marks by U.S. News and World Report 2022

Published: September 15, 2021 | Categories: All News, Alumni

4th Top Performer on Social Mobility, Top Ranked in Undergraduate Engineering, and 213 Nationally

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Western New England University (WNE) has been ranked 4th of Top Performers on Social Mobility among National Universities in Massachusetts by U.S. News and World Report's 2022 "America's Best Colleges," an in-depth look at more than 1,800 institutions of higher education nationwide.

"This is a brand-new category for Western New England and we couldn't be prouder of this distinction," says Bryan Gross, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing.

The Top Performers on Social Mobility ranking measures the extent that schools enrolled and graduated students who received federal Pell grants (those typically coming from households whose family incomes are less than $50,000 annually). According to U.S. News and World Report, economically disadvantaged students are less likely to finish college and some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell grants.

"This category looks at the percent of entering students who are Pell eligible and our six-year graduation rate among those receiving the Pell funding. Our number was 32% on the entering class and 58% on six-year graduation rate, which is a solid number compared to our national peers," explains Gross.

The U.S. News rankings focus on measures of academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points covering up to 16 measures of academic quality. Individual colleges and universities are compared with institutions that share similar characteristics and academic missions.

"Having moved from the Regional to National University category in 2020, I am pleased to see Western New England climbing the ranks and now competing at a much higher level with some of our prestigious neighbors—Harvard, Yale, and Northeastern," says University President, Robert E. Johnson. The University improved its overall ranking to #213 in the nation this year, moving up 14 places from 2021.

Western New England University College of Engineering continues to be top ranked in the Undergraduate Engineering (no doctorate) program category. The ranking is based on survey results conducted by U.S. News of deans and faculty members of undergraduate engineering programs at peer institutions accredited by ABET, the engineering accrediting body.

"A university educates leaders, problem solvers, and lifelong learners that will adapt, compete, and thrive in careers yet to be imagined," says Dr. Johnson. "As a national university, we offer the breadth and depth of a comprehensive institution, supported by individualized attention preparing graduates to be not only work-ready but also world-ready as well. WNE is a quintessential model of the new traditional university."