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Eastern garners regional top 25 ranking

WILLIMANTIC — For the first time, Eastern Connecticut State University made the list of the top 25 regional public universities in the north in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 edition of “Best Colleges.”

Eastern was the highest ranked university among the four Connecticut state universities. The annual rankings were released Tuesday. ECSU was tied for 25th on the list, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Regional universities such as Eastern are ranked on the basis of 16 criteria that include peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, admissions selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

The North region includes colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

“I am gratified to see Eastern ranked in the top 25 public institutions in the north in this year’s U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges report,” said Eastern President Elsa Nuñez. “Our commitment to high standards, our focus on providing students with personal attention, and the introduction of new academic programs have resulted in our favorable ranking. Students and their families turn to the Best Colleges rankings to help decide where to attend college. These newest rankings reaffirm that Eastern is providing a relevant and high-quality education on our beautiful residential campus.”

This year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings included reviews of 1,389 schools nationwide and are available at

They will also be published in the Best Colleges 2017 Guidebook, to be on newsstands Oct. 10.


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