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Kutztown Named a "Best Regional University" by U.S. News and World Report

September 10, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University has been named a "Best Regional University" in the U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities.

In data released this week, U.S. News lists KU as number 116 of the Best Regional Universities for the northern region, tied with Alvernia University, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, Central Connecticut State University, College of Mount St. Vincent (N.Y.), Monroe College (N.Y.) and Utica College (N.Y.).

Additionally, Kutztown ranks in the top 50 percent of institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

Best Regional Universities ranks institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few, if any, doctoral degrees.

KU's 76 percent retention rate (percentage of freshmen who return to school) is higher than the retention rate at several colleges that earned higher overall ratings, including Fairleigh Dickinson University, Johnson and Wales University and the University of Hartford.

Six hundred twenty-one universities are included in the Best Regional Universities rankings. Details on the rankings will be publicly launched at, on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Kutztown University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,800 students, and offers comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Visual and Performing Arts.

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