For the tenth straight year, Pacific Union College continues to rank in the top tier in U.S. News and World Report’s annual edition of “America’s Best Colleges.” The national magazine’s 2004 rankings place PUC as the number two comprehensive college offering bachelor degrees in California. It also places PUC in the top 10 among the 14 Western states.
Along with these overall standings, PUC ranks in the top tier for: ethnic diversity, best value, student/faculty ratio, low debt ratio and full-time faculty.
“The indicators include input measures that reflect a school's student body, its faculty, and its financial resources and outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students,” said Robert Morse, U.S. News editor.
The criteria used to measure academic quality include: acceptance rate, alumni giving, faculty with Ph.D.'s, retention and graduation rate, SAT/ACT scores, and student/faculty ratio.
Although the most recent America’s Best Colleges 2004 edition was published in August, it reflects data from the 2002-2003 school year.