College rank has little affect on choice

By Abigail Keefe
October 23, 2003

Jenna Lewandowski

The rank of a college has little to no significance to the average perspective student. In fact, very few students are concerned with ranking they find information on activities, academics and clubs more interesting.

It is the students’ parents who are more concerned with college’s overall standings, according to the U.S. News World Report.

The U.S. News World Report rank committee uses seven criteria to categorize all the colleges and universities in the nation: Peer assistance, retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni participation.

The committee then separates the schools into tiers depending on how well the school performed in these categories.

Cabrini falls into tier 3, which isn’t the highest tier, but it makes up for this with a well-rounded approach to recruitment, according to Vicki Maumus.

The college has a 75 percent retention rate and a 62 percent graduation rate.

Admissions focuses on small class size, a strong liberal arts education core, community service, the new science building, small teacher-student ratio, student-professors relations, co-op/career services and GPA and SAT scores. Cabrini prefers the well-rounded student who is involved in community service and school activities in high school.

Maumus, who works in the Admissions office to help recruit the students, and who provided this reporter with the above information, also included information on the John Templeton Foundation.

Cabrini is on the foundation’s Honor Roll for Character-Building colleges, which is a prestigious honor given to only six percent of four-year institutions in the nation.for Character-Building colleges, which is a prestigious honor given to only six percent of four year institutions in the nation.

Posted to the web by Marisa Gallelli

Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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