Seton Hall University Rises Again in U.S. News & World Report College Ranking

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Seton Hall University, one of the nation's leading Catholic institutions, ranks among the top tier of national universities in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges.

“There are many rankings and Seton Hall figures prominently in all that matter,” said McCloud. “The academic world is quickly catching up to what New Jersey and New York and employers and alumni have long known: Seton Hall prepares its students exceedingly well for the world.”

U.S. News & World Report's 2021 America's Best Colleges guide has ranked Seton Hall University among the top tier of national universities, and named it again to its list of "A-Plus Schools for B Students," and “Top Performers for Social Mobility.”

For 2021, Seton Hall's ranking rose six places from 139 to 133 among the nation's four-year public, private and for-profit national universities.

There are 399 National Universities derived by U.S. News from The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's Basic Classification, with 389 schools ranked. The placement of 133 puts Seton Hall among the Top Third of all National Universities and the top 34 percent of all schools ranked for 2021.

In recent years, Seton Hall has repeatedly broken records for applications, enrollment and SAT and ACT scores as well as posting a four-year graduation rate that is 24 points higher than the last computed national average – all metrics that contribute to a school’s score in the U.S. News ranking. In addition, Seton Hall’s “Peer Ranking,” which measures the assessment of the University by top-level academics from other schools has again been “graded” at 3.0, steadily rising from 2.7 over the course of the last five years.

“The word is out among students and academics alike,” said Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management Alyssa McCloud. “We continue to attract some of the best and brightest students and faculty in this country and throughout the world – and this is one of many recent accolades that recognizes Seton Hall as a home to what great minds can do.”

The U.S. News & World Report ranking is one of many that place Seton Hall among the best colleges in the nation. Seton Hall was again recognized most recently as one of the "Top Colleges in America" by the Princeton Review; a "Best College for your Money" by Money magazine; a "College of Distinction" and a Forbes "Top College in America." The Forbes ranking was particularly compelling as it looked at alumni salary and four additional criteria—student satisfaction, debt, on-time graduation rate and academic success—in New Jersey, Seton Hall ranked higher than the esteemed New Jersey Institute of Technology.

In 2019, with an employment score of 92.55 percent, Seton Hall ranked first among all private colleges and universities in New Jersey in a ranking that used data from IPEDS and the U.S. Department of Education's "College Scorecard." Seton Hall performed better in employment for its graduates than Princeton, Rutgers (New Brunswick, Newark and Camden), Monmouth University, Stevens Institute of Technology and Drew.

“There are many rankings and Seton Hall figures prominently in all that matter,” said McCloud. “The academic world is quickly catching up to what New Jersey and New York and employers and alumni have long known: Seton Hall prepares its students exceedingly well for the world.”

In addition to the rise in ranking for National Universities, U.S. News again named Seton Hall to its “A-Plus Schools for B Students," and “Top Performers for Social Mobility.”

U.S. News has characterized its list of “A Plus Schools for B Students," as the best national universities for students that are “trapped in the GPA of a B student” and whose "heart is set on a great college."

In “Top Performers for Social Mobility,” Seton Hall scored in the top third of all national universities for the graduation rate of its Pell eligible students.

This is the second year that U.S. News has included a “Top Performers for Social Mobility” category; Seton Hall was listed as a “Top Performer” in the inaugural ranking as well. This ranking comes on the heels of a more extensive Chronicle of Higher Education ranking which placed Seton Hall among the Top 25 of all private universities in the nation for the upward financial mobility of its students, using a “mobility rate,” which is “a measure of the percentage of all students in a birth cohort at a particular college whose parents were in the bottom 20 percent for household income, and who reached the top 20 percent for individual earnings." The study was based on wage and income information derived from "millions of anonymous tax records and financial-aid records.”


One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been showing the world what great minds can do since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 110-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received more than 30 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. The University is also proud to be among the most diverse national Catholic universities in the country.

In recent years, the University has invested more than $165 million in new campus buildings and renovations. The University’s beautiful main campus in suburban South Orange, N.J. is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is located prominently in downtown Newark. The University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. opened in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus houses Seton Hall’s College of Nursing, its School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

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