Niagara University has again increased its rankings in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “America’s Best Colleges,” securing the number 23 position in “Best Regional Universities – North.” That’s nine spots up from last year’s ranking of 32, and a dramatic climb from the university’s 2013 standing of number 70. In addition to the overall ranking, Niagara is also recognized in the “Best Value,” “A+ Schools for B Students,” “Best Foreign Student Factor,” “Best Colleges for Veterans” and “Social Mobility,” categories.

Niagara University’s commitment to academic excellence and student outcomes—including its six-year graduation rate which, at 73%, improved 3 percentage points over last year--has led to its jump in the U.S. News rankings.

“We are pleased that the excellent quality of Niagara University’s academic programs, which offer high value and outstanding outcomes, continues to be praised by U.S. News & World Report and other ranking publications,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., NU president. “Recognition such as this is testament to the critical work we are doing to provide a transformational, engaging education that leads to successful outcomes for our graduates, and demonstrates the importance of Niagara’s commitment to academic excellence and accessibility to higher education.”

Other areas in which Niagara was recognized include:

Best Value – NU is once again among the regional institutions deemed a “Best Value,” a calculation that takes into account a school’s academic quality and the net cost of attendance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid. Niagara is ranked 7 out of the 73 schools listed in the category, which is especially remarkable in light of the fact that NU’s undergraduate students studying in Canada (BPS program) negatively impact the university’s ranking in this section.

A+ Schools for B Students –Niagara is once again listed among the schools noted as “A+ Schools for B Students,” which highlights schools that admit a good proportion of “non-A” students (based on SAT/ACT scores and class standing) and allow them to thrive at the university level.

Best Foreign Student Factor –Niagara is the only institution in the Buffalo-Niagara region in the ranking group for “Best Foreign Student Factor.”

Best Colleges for Veterans – Niagara University jumped seven spots to secure the #11 position in the “Best College for Veterans” list, which recognizes institutions that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members pay for their degrees.

Social Mobility – This ranking measures the graduation success of Pell Grant recipients and is based on Pell graduation rates, the proportion of students who receive Pell, and the comparison to graduation rates of non-Pell recipients.