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Niagara U. ranks high for sending students on to grad school

U.S. News & World Report came out with a list today ranking colleges across the country, based on the percentage of their recent graduates who went on to graduate school:

Of the 1,756 undergraduate programs surveyed by U.S. News, 627 reported the percentage of their 2009 graduating class that had gone on to pursue a graduate degree within a year of graduation. Among those schools, an average of 25.5 percent of students opted to attend graduate school within a year of receiving their diplomas. A handful institutions, however, are well above that average.

Of that pool of colleges who responded to the survey, Niagara University ranked #4 nationally, reporting that 76 percent of its grads went on for further study. Four other colleges in the Empire State also made the Top 10.

Here's the entire Top 10 list:

Yeshiva University (NYS), 89%

SUNY College Old Westbury (NYS), 78%

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology (NYS), 78%

Niagara University (NYS), 76%

Hawaii Pacific University, 75%

SUNY College of Technology, Delhi (NYS), 75%

Waldorf College (Iowa), 75%

South Carolina State University, 70%

Southern Connecticut State University, 70%

Missouri Western State University, 66%


- Mary Pasciak

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