Monroe College Ranked Number One Regional University for Exceeding Predicted Graduation Rates By U.S. News & World Report

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Graduation Rate at Bronx-based College 40 Percentage Points Higher Than Predicted Rate

Monroe College, a national leader in urban and international education, today announced that it is the leading regional university for graduation rates that considerably exceeded what would be expected of an educational institution with comparable student demographics, according to U.S. News & World Report. Monroe’s 2012 actual six-year graduation rate was 65 percent, nearly 40 percentage points higher than the predicted rate of 27 percent calculated by the publication.

U.S. News & World Report predicted the graduation rates based on characteristics of students entering college in the fall of 2006, including ACT and SAT test scores, the proportion of students who were in the top quarter of their class, and the proportion of the student body that received Pell Grants. Calculations were also based on college type, including its status as a public or private institution, and the average financial expenditures per student.

“One of the hallmarks of Monroe is ensuring that students receive the individualized support and resources they need to graduate,” said Stephen Jerome, president of Monroe College. “Being ranked number one for exceeding predicted graduation rates reflects our unparalleled commitment to student success, and evidences not only the dedication of our engaged faculty, but also the ambitious drive of our students.”

This is the first time U.S. News & World Report calculated a predicted graduation rate for regional colleges and universities in its 30-year ranking history. To learn more about its ranking methodology, please see here.

Monroe College was also recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as having one of the best online bachelor’s degree programs in the nation, and the third best in the New York metropolitan area. In September 2013, Monroe was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the most affordable ranked private college in New York State.

According to an analysis by the New York State Education Department’s Office of Research and Information Systems, Monroe College graduated more minority students than any college in New York State in the 2010 academic year.

About Monroe College

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor's, and Master's degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health Professions, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs, and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit

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