LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Woodbury University (www.woodbury.edu) today announced that it is ranked 48th among Western regional universities in US News & World Report’s annual rankings of colleges and universities http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges – the highest in the school’s history and a major move up the list from last year’s ranking of 62nd.
“Located just a few miles north of Los Angeles, Woodbury University is a small, private institution in Southern California”
According to the magazine, Woodbury has the highest percentage of international students (17 percent) among its Western regional peers. Improvement in the University’s overall ranking was attributed to Woodbury’s favorable graduation rate, a measure included in the magazine’s ranking methodology for regional universities for the first time this year.
“The 2014 US News & World Report rankings provide further evidence that Woodbury is delivering on our core mission of empowering students to do extraordinary things in and out of the classroom and preparing them for lives of discovery, innovation, leadership and citizenship,” said Luis Maria R. Calingo, Ph.D., Woodbury University President. “We are pleased that Woodbury continues to be recognized for educational programs that are distinctive and driven by our unique ability to integrate transdisciplinarity, design thinking, entrepreneurship and civic engagement in everything we do.”
“Located just a few miles north of Los Angeles, Woodbury University is a small, private institution in Southern California,” the magazine reports. “Woodbury students can receive extra help with their studies by utilizing the writing center and academic peer mentors.”
“International students can add diversity to a college or university, enriching the experience of other students on campus,” the report continues. “Schools with a strong global presence often have a wealth of cultural groups and events, allowing international students an opportunity to share their food, music and traditions with their U.S. peers.” International students attending one of the ranked schools “… may also benefit from a large foreign community when trying to acclimate to American life.” The complete report is available from the magazine for a fee.
First published in 1983, the U.S. News ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality.
Schools are categorized by their mission as defined by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2010. Woodbury is classified as a Regional University. Institutions in this category offer a broad scope of undergraduate degrees and some master's degree programs but few, if any, doctoral programs. Regional Universities are further divided and ranked in four geographical groups: North, South, Midwest and West. U.S. News then gathers data from each college on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence. Each factor is assigned a weight that reflects its judgment about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges and universities in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.
About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Organizational Leadership. The San Diego campus offers bachelor of architecture, Master of Real Estate Development for Architects (MRED), and Master of Science in Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism degrees. Visit www.woodbury.edu for more information, and Reflections on Excellence, the new twice-monthly blog written by Woodbury University President Luis Maria R. Calingo, Ph.D.