BOSTON, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Simmons College has been named a "Best College" by U.S.News & World Report in its 2014 edition of the "America's Best Colleges" guidebook. Simmons ranked in the top tier of schools in the Regional Universities North category.
U.S.News is the third national ranking organization to recognize Simmons for its strong academic programming and robust student offerings in recent months. The Princeton Review featured Simmons in its 2014 guide of the nation's "Best 378 Colleges" — a distinction shared by only 15 percent of the 4,000 four-year colleges. Forbes named Simmons among "America's 650 Top Colleges" in 2013.
In addition to its ranking, U.S.News also included Simmons in the, "A+ Schools for B Students," the Regional Universities North category, a designation for having distinctive programs that serve a, "broad, engaged student body."
"We are delighted that the academic rigor and emphasis on student centeredness offered at Simmons continues to be recognized externally," said Simmons College President Helen Drinan. "Our commitment to excellence in education and our focus on transformative learning that prepares all of our students for the real world, is at heart of what we do at Simmons."
U.S.News & World Report is recognized as one of the premier college ranking organizations in the United States. The 2014 rankings compare data on key measures of quality including graduation and retention rates, assessments by peers and counselors, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. The print edition of the 2014 "America's Best Colleges" guidebook is available at USNews.com and can be found on newsstands September 24.
The Princeton Review's "Best 378 Colleges" 2014 college guidebook cited Simmons as an institution that is "rich in history and achievement" and that equips students with the "tools and confidence to succeed in the real world." The guidebook also noted the wide range of quality majors offered at Simmons, including "one of the top nursing schools in the state." In the recent Forbes ranking, Simmons was among a select group of more than 650 colleges, representing 20% of the nearly 4,000 colleges in the United States.
Founded in 1899, Simmons College (simmons.edu) is a nationally recognized university located in Boston with a history of visionary thinking and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women and the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. It also features renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences; liberal arts, including education and behavior analysis; library and information science; social work; and business. Follow us on Twitter at @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.
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