SU climbs 22 spots in 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings
Shenandoah University climbed 22 spots in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings while retaining its spot as the second-highest ranked Virginia private school among national universities.
Shenandoah is ranked 241 among 389 national universities with an overall score of 45, an improvement to last year’s 263 ranking and overall score of 29. A school’s overall score and rank are based on the sum of weighted, normalized values across 17 indicators of academic quality.
“While we do not focus on rankings, we are gratified that this improvement reflects significant increases in key student outcomes, including retention and graduation rates and social mobility,” said Provost Adrienne Bloss, Ph.D. in a news release. “These areas are very important to us and we put a lot of effort into them. I think the peer assessment score reflects that other institutions are taking note of our work as all of us in higher ed strive to do the best we can for our students.”
The 2021 rankings use data from the fall 2019 semester and earlier. National universities are defined as offering a full range of undergraduate majors along with master’s and doctoral programs, while emphasizing faculty research.
This fall, the university welcomed its largest first-year class with 518 new students. There were also 296 new transfer students — the university’s highest total since 2017. The number of graduate students was 879, with the previous record of 790 in 2013. Shenandoah is currently offering in-person classes (as well as online) and has around 1,000 students living in residence halls on the main campus in Winchester.
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