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TCNJ remains top public college in the north for 2013, according to U.S. News

The College of New Jersey remains the top-ranked public institution in U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities for the northern region of the country. The 2013 edition ranks TCNJ as the number one public and sixth overall school in the standings among both public and private institutions in the Best Regional Universities category for the north. TCNJ is one of only two public institutions in the top 10, along with SUNY—Geneseo.

While TCNJ has consistently ranked as the top public school in the northern region since 1993, the institution hasn’t rested on its laurels – and people are noticing. For the third time since the 2009 rankings, TCNJ was listed as an “Up-and-Comer” for 2013. The College was one of 49 institutions most often cited by its peers for making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus, and facilities. TCNJ holds the #2 spot on the Regional Universities—North list for Up-and-Comers, behind Quinnipiac University.

TCNJ ties with #1-ranked Villanova University for highest average freshman retention rate, 95 percent, as well as having the highest percentage of freshmen in the top quarter of their high school class.

TCNJ President R. Barbara Gitenstein commented: “Rankings such as this provide validation for what we who are part of The College of New Jersey family have long known–that TCNJ is one of the best public colleges in the nation and is both a innovator and a standard setter when it comes to undergraduate education.”

The complete list of the 2013 rankings, as well as methodology, can be found at U.S. News and Word Report.