Rowan's engineers lift school in yearly college rankings

Rowan University's engineering programs helped boost the college's ranking in the 2007 U.S. News and World Report "America's Best Colleges" guide released Thursday.

Rowan's engineering program ranked 20th overall nationally for colleges offering a bachelor's and master's degree. The chemical engineering program ranked third, moving up from fourth last year. Overall, the college tied for 29th out of 165 colleges in the Northern region, up from 33rd last year. It is ranked third among public universities.

"The gauges used by U.S. News are among the many indicators we also use at Rowan to measure our progress and success," Rowan President Donald J. Farish said.

Princeton was the top-ranked national university again this year. It also was among the colleges from which students graduate with the least debt, about $4,400. Its generous financial aid grant packages make it a great value, according to the report.
Rowan also was cited for having students graduate with little debt. Although 97 percent of the graduates do leave with debt, it is, on average, less than $9,600.

Villanova was the top-ranked college in the northern region.

The College of New Jersey was fifth in the region, and first among public colleges.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is included in the national liberal arts college listing, rather than the regional listing, and ranked in the third tier. The college is one of just six public colleges included in the first three tiers of the national liberal arts category.

"It's very satisfying to be recognized in a national context," Stockton President Herman J. Saatkamp Jr. said.
Rutgers-Camden ranked 31st overall in the region and fourth among public colleges. Montclair State University ranked 46th in the region and ninth among public colleges.

The complete listings are online at
www.usnews.com

The annual "America's Best Colleges" guide will be on news stands Monday.

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Date Published: Friday, August 18, 2006 - 01:00
Source URL: Press of Atlantic City