U.S. News & World Report Names Allegheny Sixth Most Innovative National Liberal Arts College in U.S.

U.S. News & World Report has named Allegheny College one of the top 100 national liberal arts colleges in the U.S. — and the sixth most innovative.

In annual rankings released today, U.S. News & World Report also recognized Allegheny as a school committed to providing students the best educational experience through programs and unique opportunities. U.S. News highlighted Allegheny among a select group of schools in which students and faculty collaborate to produce intensive, original research and creative work. Allegheny also was recognized among the top 50 national liberal arts colleges in the Best Value Schools category.

“We’re honored to once again be acknowledged as one of the best and most innovative colleges in the nation,” said Allegheny College President James H. Mullen Jr. “Building on more than two centuries of history, Allegheny is constantly striving to break new ground in new ways. We’re doing that today on many fronts, including student-faculty research, a curriculum that challenges students to solve problems across disciplines, and through the Allegheny Gateway, which offers internship opportunities, service learning, off-campus study and career services. An Allegheny education continues to prepare students to be successful leaders in the classroom, the workplace and the global community.”

The U.S. News ranking of top liberal arts schools is based on several key measures of quality, including graduation and retention rates, assessment of excellence by peers and high school counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

Colleges listed in the Most Innovative category are identified by college presidents, provosts and admissions deans as having recently made “the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.” Allegheny ranked No. 6.

U.S. News highlighted the opportunities Allegheny students have to conduct original research and creative work as evidence of the college’s focus on student success. The Council on Undergraduate Research in January 2016 presented Allegheny with the inaugural Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment in recognition of the exceptional research experiences that Allegheny provides to its students. Allegheny was the only baccalaureate college in the nation to receive the award.