Vaughn College Selected as Top Regional College by U.S. News

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Vaughn Moves Up in Regional Rankings in Multiple Categories for 2018

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For the seventh year in a row, Vaughn College has been ranked among the first-tier top regional colleges in the North and moved up in the rankings to eight from nine last year. U.S. News & World Report results released September 12 again recognized Vaughn in its 2018 survey of the best regional colleges.

"Vaughn is committed to preparing graduates for a professional life of success and these latest rankings reflect that dedication to our mission,” said President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo. “This year, Vaughn has been consistently recognized for our educational value to students, most prominently as the number one institution in the country in economic mobility; the best at moving students from the bottom income levels to the top. US News is yet another opportunity to provide evidence to students and families about the value of investing in a Vaughn degree.”

In this year's survey, Vaughn also moved up in the “Best Colleges for Veterans” category, to third from fourth in the same category.

“Our support to our nation’s Veterans is mission-critical,” said President DeVivo. “With more than 10 percent of our students having served, we provide a transition from military to civilian life ensuring that the professional skills they have already acquired are enhanced and provide for long-term career achievement.”

One of the variables used in the ranking is the predicted versus actual graduation rate. U.S. News calculates a predicted six-year graduation rate for Vaughn students based on economic and academic characteristics at the time of admission, and this year they predicted a rate of 43 percent and Vaughn achieved 53 percent.

Further evidence of graduates’ success is the current career placement rate of 98 percent employed or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Eighty-one percent are employed in their field of study or a related field.

U.S. News & World Report began its annual rankings of American colleges and universities in 1983. As in years past, it used more than a dozen indicators to score its 2018 choices, including undergraduate academic reputation, faculty resources, student selectivity, graduation rates, freshman retention rates and alumni giving. Rankings were based on a weighted evaluation of all categories. See the entire U.S. News & World Report ranking online here.

About Vaughn: Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,500 students in master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Ninety-eight percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. They work in 20 countries and all 50 states. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information, visit

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