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July 29, 2016 - For nine years running, King’s College has placed on an exclusive list of “Best American Colleges” compiled for “Forbes” magazine by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The list is based on multiple factors related to success after graduation, affordability, student satisfaction, and student and faculty achievement.

King’s placed 552 of 660 institutions in the annual rankings. Less than 15 percent of the nearly 4,400 colleges and universities nationwide are included in “Forbes” annual ranking. King’s is the only Luzerne County college or university included in the list and one of only two institutions (University of Scranton) in northeastern Pennsylvania. Both have been named to the list every year of its existence.

According to the magazine, “This list of 660 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by our belief in ‘output’ over ‘input’… Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?” The factors used to calculate the rankings include post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, graduation rate and academic success.

“This year’s ranking is just another reflection of the success experienced by our students, thanks to our personalized education, engaged faculty and caring community,” said Father John Ryan, C.S.C., president. “King’s College has always prided itself on providing its students an education that prepares them well for their personal and professional lives after graduation.”

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity, based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to research on the issues of rising costs and efficiency in higher education.  “Forbes” is a bi-weekly business magazine that has been published since 1917.

King’s also was included in “Money” magazine’s “Best Colleges” ranking, coming in at 667 among the 705 colleges and universities selected for inclusion. Selection was based on educational quality, affordability and alumni success. King’s is one of only two Luzerne County institutions included in the ranking.