For the second year in a row, Endicott College has been ranked as one of 20 institutions with stellar examples of internships/co-ops by U.S. News and World Report. The Best Colleges 2018 rankings, released on Tuesday, also name Endicott in lists for A-Plus Schools for B Students, Most Students Studying Abroad, and Most Students in University Housing. Endicott moved from #51 to #34 out of 195 in the Northern Regional Universities category, with the rise due to improvements in graduation and retention rates, spending per student, faculty compensation, and small class sizes.
The schools included in the Internship/Co-op category require or encourage students to apply what they're learning in the classroom out in the real world through closely supervised internships or practicums. The guidelines of this category closely align with the experiential learning focus at Endicott, which requires all Endicott students complete three distinct internships over the course of four years.
Endicott has a strong history in the Regional Universities category, rising steadily from #86 in 2014 to #34 in 2018. This rise is caused by an increase in general positive reputation, 4-year average graduation rates, 2-year average spending on instruction per full time equivalent (FTE) student, average faculty compensation, small class sizes, retention rate, and the number of new admits who make up the top ¼ of their high school class. Endicott’s strong academic model, combining a liberal arts curriculum with a professional focus, has also contributed to this rise, as the College’s course flexibility and career-preparedness gain a reputation in higher education.
“There are a lot of rankings out there these days, but U.S. News continues to be a strong force in identifying top higher education opportunities, and we’re very pleased to continue to be a part of that,” said Dr. Richard E. Wylie, Endicott College President. “While we know students visiting our campus will be impressed by our strong academics and community – a feeling you get as soon as you arrive - it’s important to also look at the numbers to make sure their college of choice delivers well on certain markers of strength. We’re proud to be able to point back to rankings like these to show how Endicott delivers on solid numerical proof of the success of our student experience.”
The U.S. News rankings methodology focuses on academic excellence, with schools evaluated on hundreds of data points and up to 15 measures of academic quality. Overall, the rankings emphasize student outcomes – such as graduation and freshman retention rates – which carry the most weight at 30 percent.
About Endicott College:
Located in Beverly, Massachusetts on 235 acres of oceanfront property, Endicott College offers doctorate, master's and bachelor degree programs in the professional and liberal arts. Founded in 1939, Endicott provides an education built upon a combination of theory and practice, which is tested through internships and work experience. Studying at the Beverly campus, regionally, and internationally are approximately 2,850 undergraduate and more than 2,400 adult and graduate students. For more information, visit www.endicott.edu.