SJC Earns Recognition as One of 'America's Best Colleges'

BROOKLYN AND PATCHOGUE, NY – September 16, 2011 – St. Joseph’s College was recently recognized by two prestigious publications as an outstanding college in the region under the category of ‘America’s Best Colleges.’ For the last decade, SJC has been consistently named as one of the nation’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report — this year placing it in the top half of the region in its 2012 rankings of Best Colleges — while Forbes Magazine ranked the College in its online issue of ‘America’s Best Colleges’ for four years in a row.

“I am delighted that St. Joseph’s has, once again, been recognized by both Forbes and U.S. News for the quality of its academic programs and the overall experience we provide our students,” said President S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D. “We strive for excellence in everything we do, both in and out of the classroom, and these rankings indicate that we are serving our students well, by providing them with a top-notch education at a very affordable tuition.”

With campuses in Brooklyn and Long Island, SJC was ranked in the top half of Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News & World Report, which bases its annual rankings on graduation and retention rate, faculty resources, selectivity, faculty/student ratio and the assessment of each school from its peers. SJC’s strong freshman retention rate and continuing dedication to highly personalized instruction, which is reflected in the 15:1 faculty/student ratio and small class sizes, helped secure the institution’s place in the top-tier. This year’s rankings of Regional Universities, which offer a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, but only a few doctoral programs, are split into the four regions of the country.

The criteria for ranking in Forbes was based on the average student debt at graduation, percentage of students graduating in four years and the number of students or faculty who win national competitive awards. St. Joseph’s College offers the lowest tuition of all top-tier private colleges on Long Island and is one of the most affordable private institutions in the tri-state area.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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