Edinboro improves social mobility standing in national publication ranking


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EDINBORO, Pa. – Edinboro University improved its Social Mobility ranking among Regional Universities in the North in the 36th edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings, released this month.

In the 2020 rankings, Edinboro earned the No. 80 rank for social mobility, advancing from No. 82 in 2019.

The second social mobility list measures the graduation outcomes of Edinboro University students who receive federal Pell Grants. Pell Grants are typically awarded to students who come from households earning less than $50,000 annually.

Edinboro University is dedicated to providing access to high quality education that transforms the lives of students from all backgrounds and to help them become the best version of themselves. It develops students personally, intellectually and professionally to become contributing citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond.

According to the U.S. News & World Report data, economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics.

This ranking provides evidence that Edinboro University has been successful at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants.

This fall marked the fourth consecutive year that the average high school GPA for Edinboro’s incoming students was a 3.5 or higher. In other good news, the University’s first-to-second-year retention rate increased 3.8 percent to 74.65 percent for fall 2020.

The data used in the 2020 rankings pertain to fall 2019 and earlier.

In addition to the Social Mobility ranking, Edinboro University also received the No. 47 rank in the Top Public Schools list for the North region.

To learn more about Edinboro University’s award-winning academic programs, visit www.edinboro.edu.