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HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College is ranked No. 14 among Regional Colleges in the North for Top Performers on Social Mobility in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best College rankings. Hilbert also ranks No. 40 among Best Regional Colleges in the North according to the publication’s rankings, released today.
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“We are very proud to be recognized in the U.S. News rankings,” Hilbert President Dr. Michael S. Brophy said. “Ranking as a Top Performer in Social Mobility is a testament to our Franciscan heritage and our values-based education. Hilbert’s mission and values help our community members promote change through vision, hope, and peace; to be persons of integrity; and to be compassionate and of service to others.”
This year, the U.S. News rankings assessed 1,452 U.S. bachelor's degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. Hilbert College improved its ranking this year (previously unranked), because U.S. News made significant changes to their methodology. Among the changes, the methodology gave less weight to SAT/ACT scores which benefited Hilbert as a test-optional institution.
Ranking among the Top 15 for Top Performers in Social Mobility aligns with Hilbert’s mission and vision as a Catholic, Franciscan college providing access for a diverse student population, including a large percentage of first-generation students. The ranking measures how well schools graduated students who received federal Pell Grants. While often awarded to students coming from households with annual family incomes of less than $50,000, though most Pell Grant recipients are from households with a total income below $20,000. The social mobility ranking was computed by aggregating the two ranking factors assessing graduation rates of Pell-awarded students.
Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With over 800 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs in criminal justice administration and public administration, including a track in health administration.
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