Penn State climbs in national college rankings

Penn State University was ranked No. 8 among all public national universities in the "2014 Best College Rankings" by U.S. News and World Report, the most recognized and popular of all college rankings.

This year's ranking is up five places from last year's.  In the overall "National Universities" category, which includes both public and private institutions, Penn State rose to No. 37 overall, up nine places.

In the Big Ten, Penn State ranks No. 2 among public nationals, and No. 3 in the overall nationals.

"Our university consistently delivers the highest-quality education to our students and helps prepare them to succeed in their careers and in life beyond the classroom," said University President Rodney Erickson. "We are proud of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and their positive impact on the world speaks loudest and best for Penn State."

Penn State Worthington Scranton, one of the University's 24 commonwealth campuses, has been a fixture in higher education in northeast PA for over 45 years.

It offers seven of the University's baccalaureate degrees, five associate degrees, a master's degree, and the first two years of more than 160 PSU degrees.

Plans are now underway for the addition of more degree programs to Worthington Scranton's offerings, in order to provide more options for local residents who do not wish to attend campuses that are located out of the area.

While attending Worthington Scranton, students have access to all of the University's resources, including library and research materials, as well as facilities and programming.

"We were, of course, thrilled to hear of the latest rankings," said Dr. Mary-Beth Krogh-Jespersen, PSWS chancellor. "Penn State has always been a national leader in research and in education, and it is wonderful to attain recognition for that. As part of Penn State's great academic tradition, our campus will continue our mission of providing quality, higher education for young and adult learners in northeast Pennsylvania."