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New accolades: Pitt-Greensburg places in rankings for Best Bang for the Buck in Northeast, Best Liberal Arts Colleges, and Best Criminal Justice Degrees

The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg recently added new accolades to its list of accomplishments.

The Washington Monthly 2020 College Guide and Rankings, released August 31, picked Pitt-Greensburg 147th out of 218 colleges selected as the outstanding Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States and 249th out of 397 schools providing the Best Bang for the Buck in the Northeast.

Pitt-Greensburg was joined on the Liberal Arts Colleges list by the likes of Amherst College, Vassar College, Bucknell College, and Colgate University. The complete list may be viewed here.

“Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has ranked colleges on what they do for the country,” explained the opening paragraph to the 2020 College Guide and Rankings. “It’s our answer to US News & World Report, which relies on crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige. We rank liberal arts colleges--four-year institutions that award almost exclusively bachelor’s degrees and that focus on the arts and science rather than professional programs--based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promotion public service.”

Colleges and universities included in the “Best Bang for the Buck” rankings were described as “. . . [Washington Monthly’s College Guide and Ranking’s] exclusive list of schools ranked according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The list is created by isolating the social mobility metrics from the main rankings of four-year institutions.”

Learn.org released its rankings of Criminal Justice degrees, ranking Pitt-Greensburg’s program 46 out of the 50 Best Criminal Justice Degrees. To compile the list, Learn.org considered hundreds of universities across the United States and selected programs based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, faculty, and more. Learning.org, founded in 2003, is dedicated to helping millions of students and working professionals research potential schools, degrees, and careers but providing reliable and practical answers to critical questions.

About Pitt-Greensburg:

Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is a publicly assisted, four-year, liberal arts college in southwestern Pennsylvania. Pitt-Greensburg offers 30 baccalaureate degree programs, including new majors in data analytics, nursing, healthcare management, public policy, and education, as well as 26 minors and four certificate programs. With nearly 1,500 students, more than 10,000 alumni, and faculty and staff numbering 260, Pitt-Greensburg provides a vibrant, diverse community that is a dynamic model of a 21st-century liberal arts education. As part of the University of Pittsburgh system, Pitt-Greensburg offers the resources of a world-renowned university combined with the individualized and immersive experiences of a small liberal arts college. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit permeate the campus and extend into its many collaborative projects with the Westmoreland County community. Nestled in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Laurel Highlands, the campus is surrounded by the region’s outdoor recreation venues and rich history. It is a five-minute drive from uptown Greensburg and less than an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh.

Publication Date

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 09:45