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Seton Hill, other area universities receive high marks in U.S. News rankings

Jamie Martines
Seton Hill University campus in Greensburg

Students on the hunt for an affordable college option in the North might find what they’re looking for at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, which made a regional list of best value colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

Best Value Schools offer high-quality academics with a smaller price tag, according to U.S. News.

“The university works diligently to ensure that all academically talented students, regardless of financial circumstance, have the opportunity to attain a degree,” Seton Hill President Mary C. Finger said in a statement. “Throughout our centennial year, Seton Hill has initiated a Campaign for Student Scholarships, which highlights our ongoing efforts toward helping students afford a high-quality education.”

Seton Hill ranked 34th in the category of Best Value Schools in the North region and 50th among regional universities listed in the North — which includes 196 schools in 12 states from Maryland to Maine.

Other regional schools listed as top values in the North include: No. 3 Geneva College, Beaver Falls; No. 6 Waynesburg University, Waynesburg; No. 9 Gannon University, Erie; No. 18 Mercyhurst University, Erie; and No. 54 Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock.

Seton Hill also ranked 30th for Best Colleges for Veterans among schools in the North region.

Schools considered for the Best Colleges for Veterans list are certified to accept GI Bill benefits; participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or charge in-state tuition to veterans, regardless of residency; and enrolled a minimum of 20 veterans or active service members the past two years, according to U.S. News.

Seton Hill enrolls about 50 veterans or dependents on campus this school year, Finger said.

The university’s history of supporting veterans dates back to 1946, when Seton Hill welcomed 40 male veterans attending college on the GI Bill after World War II, Finger said. Seton Hill was still a women’s college at the time.

Seton Hill serves about 2,200 students from 49 states and 22 countries, according to U.S. News. It offers more than 30 undergraduate programs, nine graduate programs and an adult degree program.

Full-time undergraduates at Seton Hill will pay $35,248 in tuition for the 2018-19 school year. Room and board could add $5,810-$7,184 per semester, according to figures posted to the Seton Hill website.

The university’s 2017 endowment totaled about $37.8 million, according to U.S. News.

Other local list-makers include:

Carnegie Mellon University, which ranked 25th among the best universities nationwide and seventh in the category of Best Colleges for Veterans.

University of Pittsburgh , which ranked 37th among Best Colleges for Veterans and 70th among the best universities nationwide, trailing Penn State-University Park, which ranked 59th.

Waynesburg University, which ranked 81st among best regional universities in the north.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer.
You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, [email protected] or via Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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